Rother District Council’s current Core Strategy Local Plan is now more than 5 years old, having been adopted on 29 September 2014. In line with the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Planning Practice Guidance (PPG), the Council must review Local Plans at least once every five years to ensure that policies remain relevant.

The Council has begun early preparatory work on a new Local Plan that will cover the period 2019-2039.

The new Local Plan will set out our spatial strategy for the distribution and development of new homes, employment and supporting infrastructure in Rother, while protecting our valued natural and historic environment.  It will also incorporate detailed development management policies to guide and manage development across the district.  

National planning policy requires the preparation and review of policies to be supported by relevant and up to date evidence. Therefore, one of the first stages of undertaking the new Local Plan will involve gathering evidence, including relating to:

  • Housing needs
  • Employment needs
  • Retail needs
  • Land availability for development
  • Local services and community facilities
  • Infrastructure
  • Gypsy and Traveller accommodation needs
  • Landscape character
  • Designated habitats
  • Flood risk
  • Transport
  • Renewable energy
  • Open space

Current Public Engagement

Call for Sites – Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

To inform our evidence base for the new Local Plan we are inviting landowners, agents, developers and other interested parties to put forward sites for consideration for housing and economic development. The call for sites period runs from Monday 12 October to Monday 7 December 2020.

For further information or to submit a site, please visit the Call for Sites page.