Last chance for views on Local Plan


Last chance for views on Local Plan

People in Rother have one last chance to have their say on a plan which will shape how the district will develop over the next decade.

Rother District Council has finalised its Local Plan, which identifies sites needed to meet the demand for housing and business land up to 2028.

The Plan, which also sets out planning policies on matters such as affordable housing, water efficiency and landscape conservation, was drawn up following a public consultation which ended last year.

People now have six weeks to make formal representations on the final version of the Plan, which will be submitted to the Government for consideration by an independent Planning Inspector.

Once formally adopted, the council will be legally obliged to take into account the Plan when deciding whether to approve future planning applications.

Cllr Gillian Johnson, Rother District Council cabinet member for strategic planning, said: "The Plan is hugely important in shaping how and where development in Rother will take place over the next 10 years.

"The final version has taken into account feedback from the public, but if anyone still wants to make representations this is their chance to do so, and these will be considered by the Planning Inspector.

"The planning policies contained within the document are also important in ensuring development happens in the right way, has the right infrastructure in place and considers the environmental impact."

The part of the Local Plan being finalised, known as the Development and Sites Allocations Local Plan (DaSA), builds upon broader planning aims identified in the Core Strategy, adopted in 2014.

The Plan identifies development sites in and around Bexhill and some villages in the district. Battle, Rye and some other villages are not included as they have their own individual Neighbourhood Plans drawn up or being prepared locally.

People can view the Plan and supporting documents online at or in person at Bexhill Town Hall, the community help point in Rye or at Battle Library.

Representations can be made from Friday, October 26 2018 until 4.30pm on Friday, December 7 2018 and details of how to make representations are on the council's website and at the venues above.

The independent Planning Inspector will consider whether the Plan has been legally drawn up and whether its policies are 'sound' according to nationally-set criteria.

Published on Friday, October 26 2018

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