8 Feb: Housing White Paper HERE is being criticised for its modest approach.
Among the main proposals in the white paper are:
- Every local authority will have to draw up and regularly review an “honest assessment” of local housing need.
- Developers forced to build within two years of gaining planning permission, or see it lapse. Currently permission lapses after three years.
- An expanded and more flexible affordable homes programme, for housing associations and local authorities, with £7.1bn of already announced funding. “We will provide clarity over future rent levels. In return, we expect them to build significantly more affordable homes over the current parliament.”
- Smaller building firms will be given assistance to expand, including support for off-site construction, where parts of homes are assembled in a factory.
- An end to “leasehold abuse” by which home buyers are locked into leases with spiralling ground rents.
- Encouragement for “build to let” where private companies build large-volume rental flats for tenants.
In addition there are questions about brownfield sites, building height relaxation (perhaps only in cities) and now the future of CIL. The latter is one of the key incentives for Neighbourhood Planning. Neighbourhood Planning Bill is HERE and planning reforms guide is HERE
7 Feb: Locality has agreed a bid for a second grant to fund a consultant to complete the Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA). Need to have a SEA which is robust and comprehensive.
16 January: Rye TC P&T Committee accepts our draft response to Rother DC about the DaSA. Will now be refined before submission.
10 Jan: First meeting of the Steering Group in 2017. Discussed progress since Rye TC adopted the draft Plan on 5 December. In particular covered traffic issues and Rye’s response to Rother’s Development and Site Allocation (DaSA) Plan.
5 December: Despite the last minute wobble about potential impacts of the recently issued DaSA by Rother (see below) – resolved at the last Rye P&T meeting – this evening Rye Town Council adopted V8 of the Plan as the document to form the basis of pre work for Reg 14 Circulation. The vote was not unanimous. Cllr Hughes voted against the adoption, arguing (again) that she regarded the core traffic theme ” too thin” (despite the recommendations of 2 consultants) citing greater content in other plans; further she disagreed with certain of the traffic aspirations (Theme 8) such as “shared space”. Work to consider this will delay matters but following the adoption, the Council accepted the proposal that the RNPSG discusses again before going back to Rye Planning and Townscape (P&T) Meeting for endorsement. This further work will have to run alongside our consideration of the DaSA with a view to making recommendations to the P&T Committe (for Rye Council). Therefore our objectives in early 2017 must be: to reach consensus on the traffic theme; to reconcile the DaSA with the RNP and produce a first draft response; to refine the RNP ready for pre Reg 14 circulation. There are graphics yet to be finalised. Once done the RNPSG will send the RNP to Rother DC for consultation.
HERE for V8 of the Plan Other related documents are below.
21 November: A brief on the possible introduction of civil parking enforcement.
15 November: Rother DC has just issued its draft Development and Site Allocations document. This amplifies the Core Strategy and identifies sites across Rother District to meet the housing targets. All Neighbourhood Plans have been considered in the planning, so there are few surprises for Rye.
The document also includes many draft policies to elaborate those in the Core Strategy. All this is being considered in the context of the Rye Neighbourhood Plan and in due course Rye Town Council will comment.
1 November: Lengthy meetings last evening at Rye Town Hall, first to address concerns by New Rd and Undercliff residents ( and later Military Rd) for the adverse impact of vehicle speed, HGVS and their loads. There has been much discussion about all this during the work on the Plan, which is reflected in the V8 draft on the website. At the P&T committee agreed to put the latest draft to Rye Town Council for agreement as part of its progress through to Referendum later next year.
Brief for the meeting is HERE
20 October: Meeting of the Local Engagement Group for the Eastern Rother Tidal Walls flood defence scheme. Detail on RNP Facebook.
19 October: Public event in the Tilling Green Centre by Iceni to explain its proposals for the Lower School Site
15 October: Following more work by the Steering Group, latest papers are below.
HERE for Appendices 1-4 and 7 – 8
HERE for Part 3: Appendix 5 Site Assessments
22 June: Basic Conditions Statement (of conformity) drafted HERE
24 May: New website about Neighbourhood Plans. HERE
14 May: Cllr Jonathan Breeds as new Mayor takes over as Chair from Cllr Berni Fiddimore. Next meeting 25 May 2016.
29 April: Update on Facebook. RNPSG delayed by Rye TC because of other events including Mayor Making. Date of the next TBD.
7 March. Versions 7A and 8 RNP : on the advice of the AIRS Consultant, has been divided into Part 1 – Main Document and Part 2 -4 The Appendices. Draft reflecting AIRS Comments (on the document is HERE)
3 March: Town Meeting: Several issues arose at the 2016 Town Meeting:
- Aspects of Valley Park: “top site” state including flags; improved sewerage capacity; improvement to retention basins”
- “Greenway”proposal cycle way – Lea Ave to the Academy – progress?
- Tilling Green development; access and drainage?
- Affordable housing: policy?
- Dead Man’s Lane: footpath?
- CIL objections
3 March: Latest version and summaries of the papers.
Section 106 agreements are put in place to make it possible to approve a planning proposal that might not otherwise be acceptable in planning terms. For example, a section 106 agreement might require a developer to fund improving the access road to a site, to ensure that access will be safe once the development is completed. Or to ensure that the need for affordable housing is met, and that communities are mixed and diverse, section 106 agreements can require a developer to include a certain proportion of affordable housing on an otherwise market housing development. They are specific to the site that is proposed for development.
CIL is a general levy on all development, designed to raise funds for infrastructure needed generally as a result of an increase in development in an area.
28 January: Results of the open events ( 16 and 23 January) are HERE . 16 January and 23 January : Two public events were held to allow the public to hear about progress and comment. The first was in the Tilling Green Centre; the second in St Mary’s Centre. Around 230 citizens attended (150 the first; 80 on the second).
16 December: The Developer withdraws the proposals for the Rock Channel development. The Architect, JDA, will now reconsider the scheme.
15 December: Latest from Planning Aid is HERE. AECOM is featured; consultants there have already commented on the draft RNP; these are reflected in the version below. AECOM comments on Version 5 are HERE.
12 December: latest pamphlet on “conformity” is HERE. The Steering Group continues to work with Rother DC to ensure conformity of the RNP with strategic policies of the Rother Core Strategy.
17 November: at the update to the Rye TC Planning Committee it was agreed that the next public events will be as below. Two events are being planned to update the public on progress.
- 16 January 2016 from 9am to 2pm with the Swap Shop in the Tilling Green Centre
- 23 January 2016 from 9am to 2pm in St Mary’s Centre
7 November: Amicus Horizon has proposed its scheme for the Tilling Green School development. Details are on the Rother DC Planning Website. RNPSG considerations are attached to the minutes of the last meeting.
RR/2015/2581/P Tilling Green Community Centre, Mason Road, Rye TN31 7BE The demolition and redevelopment of Tilling Green Community Centre to provide 6 x 2 bed and 14 x 3 bed houses, 9 x 1 bed and 3 x 2 bed flats and a community centre with associated parking, cycle and bin stores.
3 November: News from Planning Aid HERE
27 October: reports on the proposed extension to the High Speed Rail through Rye HERE
24 October: Action in Rural Sussex website HERE
13 October: RNP Version 6 Draft is HERE. Work continues to refine the SEA and Site Assessment documents, which remain important evidence to support the decisions taken on policies.
30 August: Rother DC intend to improve communication in the planning process HERE
25 August : latest news from Planning Aid HERE
On 6 July, Rye Partnership and Amicus Horizon held a public event from 3 to 6pm (image below) in the Tilling Green Community Centre to allow the public to look at the proposals for the Tilling Green School development proposals. In addition they have issued FAQs HERE. It is important for all interested parties to comment to Amicus Horizon as soon as possible.
It is planned that after the next (30th meeting on 14 July 2015) Steering Group meeting there will be links here to the housing plot, draft design statement, site assessment and settlement boundary papers.
On 26 May 2015 Rye Town Council reformed its Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. This will now comprise 7 Councillors, 7 citizens and the Town Clerk. The first meeting of the new group will be in early June. Planning Aid news is HERE.
On 20 April, the full Rye Town Council agreed unanimously the Version 5 draft Plan “in principle” and endorsed the Steering Group’s direction and emerging findings. Work continues on the basis that nothing as yet is “set in stone”.
After a debate about public release, the Council agreed that the Version 5 draft HERE should:
– go onto the website and link to the Facebook site with clear caveat that the document remains work in progress. The draft will also be watermarked and have header and footers indicating its status.
– hard copies with similar markings will be lodged with the Library and Town Hall.
– anyone can comment on Version 5 (to Rye Town Hall by any means) and these will be considered for future drafts.
All comments can be found HERE.
Please note that Appendices 5 to 8 have yet to be drafted. Work on Version 6 has commenced and will pick up after the elections and once the future composition of the Steering Group is known. Some have asked what can be included in the Plan. Some guidance is HERE. Other tasks remain as agreed at the last Steering Group meeting.
The Localism Act, (easy guide HERE ) which received Royal Assent in November 2011, introduced new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape future development by preparing neighbourhood plans to cover the future development such as housing, businesses and community facilities. This is a real opportunity for local communities. Such as to:
Give local people greater ownership of the planning policies in their area;
Allow a community to set out where development should go and what it should look like;
Bring the community together to share ideas and build consensus about the needs and priorities for the area;
Help create lasting partnerships to take forward actions that may arise from the process;
Raise awareness and understanding of planning;
Improve relationships between the community and the Town council;
Provide a detailed evidence base about the community;
Help raise funds/grants
Inform local authority strategies
After considerable groundwork by Councillors and the Steering Group in early 2013, with meetings with Rother District Council and adjacent parishes, the designated planning area was agreed as Rye Parish, (Rother District Council Cabinet approved on 4 November 2013) but as development within the parish and in adjacent parishes may have impacts on each other, there is a protocol in place to enable debate across boundaries.
Members of the Steering Group attend seminars and other events to keep up to date with regulations and advice from professional bodies such as RTPI, Planning Aid and others. There is also a mountain of advice on the web, such as the Planning Portal, which is accessed regularly.
Of the two types of local body allowed to take forward voluntary neighbourhood planning – town/parish councils or ‘neighbourhood forums’ – Rye Town Council opted for the former, but decided that a Rye Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (RNPSG) comprising six volunteer councillors and five co-opted citizens, (from 26 May this was increased to Mayor and 6 Councillors and 7 citizens, with Town Clerk in attendance = 15 ) will steer the process. In turn, this group will draw on the detailed work of some specially convened working groups, which will have their own Terms of Reference covering the requirement to consult and plan in specific themed areas.
The RNPSG will keep Council updated and will refer back for key decisions including the approval of funds, all drafts and the final plan. It operates to specific Terms of Reference. The minutes of all its meetings are in the drop down menu from RNPSG; key papers will be found in the evidence page.
The concept of Neighbourhood Planning is that it is “bottom up” with the community deciding the objectives and the policies. To achieve this, public consultation is a key requirement on the Council and Steering Group and will be subject to a separate plan, involving meetings, publications and the use of electronic platforms such as Facebook.
As Sustainability is a key issue the Steering Group considers environmental and sustainability issues in its work. In October 2015, after scooping, Rother DC has decided that a Strategic Environmental Assessment is required. Work on this to record formally informal considerations since 2013 is well under way.
The proposed Rye Neighbourhood Plan has to be approved by the majority of voters of the neighbourhood to come into force. If proposals pass the referendum, the local planning authority is under a legal duty to bring them into force.
There will be a cost, particularly for publicity, consultation, the secretariat and eventually a referendum, but these will be kept to the minimum. Bids for funds will be passed initially to Rye Town Council. The RNPSG will work to a two year programme (provisional project plan) ending in Spring 2016. During this time it will meet regularly; provide regular updates to Rye Town Council and hold periodic public meetings to advise progress and consult the community.
The public meetings, the working groups and other elements of the public information strategy will provide ample opportunity for individual members of the public and community groups to influence the plan. Periodically the RNPSG will seek community views by survey.
Public meetings have been held: 5 March 2014 and 26 April 2014. We have held a public survey.
Rye News reports HERE
Issues can be sent into Rye Town Council by post or E Mail via the contact page below.
On 27 August 2014 the Steering Group compiled the 217 results from the paper survey returns HERE.
The comments from the paper returns have been extracted HERE.
These add to the 61 e returns summarised HERE.
Work continues to secure views of young people on the NP.
One of the most important points raised at public meetings, was to ensure that there is an ACTION PLAN (Locality provides guidance on this) at the end to provide Rye Town Council with the structure to progress the Neighbourhood Plan.
For those who are unfamiliar with Rye, you can see the nature of the place here.