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Conservation, design and environment

Rother District contains a blend of some of the most beautiful countryside in South East England.

The landscape character of the district varies from low-lying flat marshland to the east of the district, with expansive fields divided by occasional hedgerows, through the ancient mosaic landscape of the High Weald, with gently undulating pasture punctuated with species-rich hedgerows, copses and ancient woodland, to the more steeply contoured land around the sandstone ridge-top.

The District also has a rich architectural legacy, including as it does the historic market towns of Battle and Rye, the Victorian and Edwardian seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea, a host of picturesque villages, listed buildings including many isolated farmsteads dispersed throughout the High Weald, together with modernist buildings from the 1930s and 1960s, and some strong examples of contemporary architecture.

Over 82% of Rother District lies within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while there are 10 designated Conservation Areas and some 2,500 Listed Buildings in the District.

On these pages, you will find information and advice relating to Building Conservation, Design and the Environment.

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