Affordable housing development in the Rother district
The Council's Housing Development team is responsible for facilitating the provision of new affordable housing in Rother.
We work with housing associations, private developers, landowners and the Homes and Communities Agency to secure sites and funding for new affordable housing. Affordable housing includes rental and shared ownership homes and supported housing for the more vulnerable members of the community.
Affordable housing requirements on new developments
The revised Core Strategy adopted by Full Council in September of this year, forms the key planning policy document to the new Rother Local Plan. It sets the overall vision and objectives for development in the district up to 2028 and includes policies relating to the scale and distribution of development across its towns and rural areas. It also contains 'core policies' that address key issues facing the district, in relation to sustainable resource management, community development, housing, the economy, the environment and transport.
The overarching strategic objective of the Core Plan relating to local housing need is:
'To provide housing in a way that supports local priorities and provides choice, including affordable housing.'
In terms of delivery the Core Strategy details the policy requirements for new housing sites or mixed use developments, to secure affordable housing contributions.
This includes for example 30% on-site affordable housing on schemes of 15 or more dwellings (or on sites of 0.5 hectares or more) in Bexhill and Hastings Fringes.
Further details of the Councils Affordable Housing Policy can be found in Chapter 15 of the Core Strategy
Schemes to meet the housing needs of people in rural parishes may be developed as rural Exception Sites where planning permission would not normally be granted for market housing. Details of how this policy is applied can be found in the Council's Affordable Housing Policy (link above). If you'd like to know more about the work we are doing to develop affordable housing in Rother's rural parts of the District, please take a look at our RRAH website.
The details for any proposed development should be discussed with the Housing Enabling team before any plans are drafted.
Rother District Council works with a range of housing associations. It is recommended that developers of new affordable housing make early contact with one or more of them to discuss their scheme.
Contact Tom Casey, Land & New Business Manager, Tom.Casey@AmicusHorizon.org.uk, 01424 776648
Contact Kieran O'Leary, Development Manager, Kieran.O'Leary@orbit.org.uk, 01622633232
Contact Karen Hillhouse, Regional Head of Development, firstname.lastname@example.org, 02089730438
Local Investment Plan [1Mb]
The Local Investment Plan identifies strategic key priorities for affordable housing and infrastructure investment from the Homes and Communities Agency. It covers the wider housing market of East Sussex and includes Rother, Hastings, Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes.
Building Control You may wish to use the services of the Council's Building control Team for your development. The Council's Building Control service currently covers both Rother and Hastings. Using the Council's Building Control service ensures that any issues between Housing, Planning and Building Control can be resolved quickly and easily.
For further general information about Affordable Housing Development contact:
Amy Fearn, Housing and Asset Development Officer on 01424 787517.