As part of the Local Plan, Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) can be prepared to elaborate on particular policies or proposals and give further guidance on how they will be implemented.

Affordable Housing SPD

The Affordable Housing SPD provides supporting guidance on the application of the affordable housing policies (Policies HG1 and HG2) of the Rother District Local Plan.

As required by the relevant Regulations, the SPD has been subject to a process of Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment.

It should be noted that the Affordable Housing SPD has been substantially superseded by the Core Strategy (policies LHN1 – LHN4 inclusive) and national changes, however it has not been formally revoked.

2016 Financial Contributions in lieu of Affordable Housing Update

It should also be noted that updated evidence has been produced for the Council to support the collection of financial contributions for affordable housing in line with the provisions set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. This work in part supersedes the basis for calculating financial contributions in lieu of affordable housing as set out in the adopted Affordable Housing SPD. The updated evidence can be found on the planning policy background evidence page page, under Homes and Housing.

North East Bexhill ‘Masterplan’ SPD

Policies BX2 and BX3 of the Rother District Local Plan allocate areas for strategic mixed-use housing and employment uses to the north of Pebsham and Sidley respectively. The SPD provides further guidance on the form and layout of development, as well as on implementation arrangements. It was adopted by the Council on 29 June 2009.

An overview of comments made to the draft SPD and the changes made in response to them, is contained in the Consultation Statement.

The SPD can be purchased for £15 + p&p and is also available to view at the Council’s Community Help Point in Bexhill.

Camber Village SPD

The Camber Village SPD establishes an overarching vision for the village and provides guidance for future development in the locality. It considers the saved policies of the Rother District Local Plan 2006, the relevant policies of the adopted Core Strategy and will inform the forthcoming Development and Site Allocations (DaSA) Local Plan in respect of development in the Village. It was adopted by the Council on 27 May 2015.

Camber Village is located on the East Sussex coast, close to the border with Shepway, Kent and near the historic market town of Rye. The area is valued for its outstanding natural environment and its rich biodiversity. Camber’s beaches attract many tourists in the summer as well as extreme sports enthusiasts’ all year round, with a number of kite surfing operators well established in the area. The significant increase in population in the summer months can put local infrastructure under considerable strain and there is a requirement to find a balanced equilibrium between the needs of local residents, the local economy and protecting the natural environment which makes Camber unique.

Car Parking Standards

The updated County Council car parking standards guidance responds to changes in national policy introduced by the Government, notably the removal of the previous requirement for local planning authorities to set maximum standards for parking in new development.

These new standards adopt an evidence-based approach, which draws upon site visits, surveys undertaken by ESCC officers during 2011-2012 and Census data. The guidance allows applicants and planning officers to assess the optimum level of parking provision based upon local circumstances, including taking account of local car ownership data.

Rother District Council resolved that the new car parking guidance should be used in assessing parking provision in new developments