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8 July: Rother DC adopts the Plan; hence the Plan is now “made”.

28 June: VOTE just counted; the results of the referendum for the Rye Neighbourhood Plan have been announced this morning (Friday, June 28).

The voting was as follows:

Yes    677
No    109
Spoilt   3

The turnout was 22%.

Therefore subject to adoption by Rother DC on 8 July, the Plan will be made.

27 June : reasons to Vote: HERE in Rye News

27 May: Rother DC announces that the Referendum on the Final Version of the Rye Neighbourhood Plan will be Thursday 27 June with counting on 28 June. Instructions for the Referendum by Rother DC are HERE Cards will go to Rye Constituents after the Euro election. The Final Version of the Plan, reflecting the recommendations of the External Examiner, will be lodged in Rye Library and Rye Town Hall and appear on this website HERE and the Rother DC Neighbourhood Planning webpage HERE.

The Rye Neighbourhood Plan – Policies Map


10 May: working with Rother Planners to complete the Final Version of the Plan and then prepare for local Referendum in Rye. Planning indicates a Referendum in late June but this has to be confirmed. Whatever the date it is important that Rye Constituents VOTE . A factual summary covering the Plan will be issued in Fixtures.

29 April: Rye Town Council accepts the positive report of the External Examiner with all its recommendations. Meeting planned with Rother Planners to finalise for local Referendum

18 Apr: After some intensive work between the Steering Group,  Rother Planners and the Examiner, Rye should be pleased to hear that the Examiner has now reported positively on the Plan. He recommends that Rye moves to Referendum subject to some amendments.  Most of these are detail but there are two –  removal of the higher parking requirements in T2 for new developments and the listing of green spaces (not allotments) in E2 – because he considers that more evidence is required. Rye TC can revert to this at the first review of the Plan. Subject to Rye Town Council approval at a meeting yet to be arranged Rye will then move forward to clearing the final hurdle ( processing through Rother) before a Referendum to be organised for Rye constituents as soon as possible by Rother. The full Examiner’s Report is on the Rother website HERE

11 Mar: Rye Town Council agrees the response to the External Examiner’s initial questions.

5 Mar: Town Meeting: several issues arose which concern the NP: park and ride; recycling facility; the planning process; Gibbet Marsh; Winchelsea Road East; parking and CPE. All questions and answers will be in the Council record of the meeting.

1 Mar: The External Examiner, having considered the draft Plan and the Regulation 16 representations, has posed 11 initial questions and made some general points (link is HERE ).  As Rye and Rother have to respond separately there has been a meeting in Bexhill to agree the respective lines. At the meeting, we reached agreement on those small amendments that we would like to see and also answers to 9 of the 11 questions.  On the other two  – housing numbers and Freda Gardham – we have a common approach and now have to agree some text to ensure clarity, by exchanging E Mails. 
The bottom line is that we believe that all the Examiner”s initial queries can be handled with small changes to text and some minor  amendments to the mapping.  If agreed, the intent of the Plan and the sense of the policies will remain as approved by Rye Town Council in December.  Work continues to finalise the draft response by 5/6 March so that it can be circulated to Councillors before going to their meeting on 11 Mar. After that, the Town Clerk will respond to the Examiner (copy to Rother) on 12 Mar in time to meet the deadline. 

24 Feb: Following a visit to Rye on 14 February the External Examiner has submitted some initial comments HERE. Rye Town Council, supported by the Rye Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, and Rother Planners will now work on a response to meet the deadline. A meeting will be held in Bexhill shortly to discuss the issues raised.

22 Feb: The deadline for any response has been moved by mutual agreement to 12 March to enable Rye TC to meet and consider the detailed response.

23 Jan:  Consultation (Under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Act) has now closed.  Rother DC has some 30 representations, which are being assessed before being passed on to the External Examiner. Details have been published by Rother DC HERE. We now await the results of the external examination.

16 Jan: Plutus Rye has made its latest proposal for housing on the former Lower School Site in Ferry Road. Details are HERE.

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3 Jan:  Minutes of the Rother Cabinet Meeting of 21 Dec 2018 at which the Rye Neighbourhood Plan was considered are HERE. 


16 November: Rye has reached the next key step. Having consulted widely in the Spring under what is known as the Neighbourhood Planning Act Regulation 14 process, the Plan was amended to reflect comments and concerns, Rye Town Council agreed the latest draft in September and submitted it to Rother DC under the Regulation 15 of the Act. 

The next stage is for Rother DC to circulate the Rye Neighbourhood Plan (Plan Submission for any final representations. 

For those who live, work or study in Rye, the Plan can be viewed in Rye at the Libary, the Town Hall and in the Tilling Green Centre.  The Plan, its supporting documents and guidance from Rother District Council on making representations are HERE


Copies are also below

RNP V11 for Regulation 16 publication;

RNP Planning Map:  HERE

RNP SUPPORT PAPER  1:  Evidence and Background  (Subsumes former Appendices 1-4 and 7 – 8  to support RNP ) 

RNP Support Paper 2:  Site assessments  which includes a consideration of potential sites for a second petrol station/convenience store.

RNP Support Paper 3:   Consultation Document is HERE

RNP Support Paper 4:  Sustainability Appraisal/Environmental Assessment (RNP Support 4B) supported by:

RNP Support Paper 4B:  Flood Risk Sequential and Exception tests

RNP Support Paper 5: Basic Conditions Statement (of conformity) 


22 November:  Inspector dismisses BP Appeal HERE

12 November:  Rye TC ( P&T) endorses the Rye response to the Rother DC Development and Site Allocation HERE

29 Oct:  Rye TC endorses RNP V11 for Regulation 15 publication;   “Plan Submission” and supporting papers will be submitted to Rother DC on 30 Oct.  Supporting documents are below.

13 October:   Record of meeting with Rother Planning (12 Oct) updates Rye P&T Meeting on Monday 15 Oct.  At the meeting attention was drawn to the Development and Site Allocation Document (DaSA) which has been seen by Rother Cabinet.  The emerging DaSA is described as: “effectively “part two” of the District Council’s Local Plan. It has been prepared to be in general conformity with the Core Strategy and has the same time horizon.”   While the emerging DaSA provides supplementary policy to the Core Strategy it delegates development site allocation to Neighbourhood Plans,  where they are being made, such as in Rye.  Rye Neighbourhood Planners have been working closely with Rother DC Planners to ensure that the Rye Neighbourhood Plan conforms to all Rother District planning policy

14 September:   Agreed an outline way forward with Rother DC.

–  3rd Week Sep:  RNPSG (on behalf of Rye TC), with advice from Rother DC,  will bid for external examination.

–  Mid October:  meeting planned for 12 October in Rye between RNPSG, the Consultant and Rother to finalise papers for Reg 16.

–  Rother led Reg 16 consultation:  16 Nov to 11 Jan 2019.

–  End Feb external examination

–  Referendum to coincide with local elections in Spring 2019

13 September: The RNPSG consideration of the BP proposals for a petrol station off the Udimore Road is HERE.  Rother papers opposing the BP proposal for a petrol station off Udimore Road HERE and HERE

3 September Version 11:  Rye Town Council endorse Rye Neighbourhood Plan Version 11 HERE prior to finalising before Regulation 16 ( Plan Submission) to Rother DC

19 August:  Version 11 of the Plan will form the basis for “plan submission” for approval by Rye TC in early September and then for submission to to Rother DC.  Updated supporting documents are below.

30 July:  After a meeting with Rother planners on 3 July, a reworking of the 20 or so maps/plans, work is coming to an end on Version 11.  This will reflect a consideration of all the Reg 14 comments.  During the last month 14 major issues have been resolved with advice from the Consultant and Rother DC Planning Officers.  Version 11 will also take account of the Revised Planning Policy Framework (just issued) Intention is to complete by end July.  Version 11 nearing completion and will be loaded shortly.

21 May:  Comments from the Reg 14 process are summarised HERE

14-15 May:  Briefing for Rye Town Council on progress and to seek decisions. Minutes and record are on the minutes page.  This was followed on 15 May by a workshop of the Rye Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to consider and assess all the comments from the Reg 14 process.  The record is HERE. 

18 April: Below is a summary of Reg 14 Comments; more are expected as they have been specifically notified as late. On 17 April we met with Rother Planning Officers and reviewed the work completed and work to do. More will be published after the Steering Group meeting on 18 April. A summary update of work is HERE:

– Some 100 individual comments (includes some 60 about Gibbet Marsh and 15 about one way system in the Citadel)

– Rye Partnership and leader ESCC

– Adjacent Parishes: Playden, Rye Foreign, Udimore

– Ten Statutories: ESCC, Rother, EA, HE, SGN, NG NE, SW DEFRA,

– Two developers:  BP and Martello

– RCS consolidated

All comments have/wlll be acknowledged and recorded as evidence.

10 April 2018:  Statement by Vice Chair Steering Group at full Rye Town Council on 9 April 2018  HERE


19 Feb: Rye Town Council agreed to the draft Plan going to Reg 14 Consultation (also known as the Pre-Submission Plan). Papers as below.

Here are the instructions for the consultation and responses

Here is a summary of the Plan  (Full papers below) 

The E Survey comments page is linked HERE   OR downloadable as  PDF HERE    OR word document HERE.

A summary of the handling process for the Plan showing where the Regulation 14 Consultation fits in, is  HERE

It is planned that there will be a further public display at the Town Meeting on 4 April, from 5.45 to 7pm in the Tilling Green Centre


Regulation 14 Consultation Documents 

Post Regulation 14 Consultation, supporting documents have been amended to provide support for Version 11 (the Plan Submission) .

These documents are being finalised  and will be agreed on 12 Oct. 

RNP SUPPORT PAPER  1:  Evidence and Background  (Subsumes former Appendices 1-4 and 7 – 8  to support RNP ) 

RNP Support Paper 2:  Site assessments  which includes a consideration of potential sites for a second petrol station/convenience store.

RNP Support Paper 3:   Consultation Document is HERE

RNP Support Paper 4:  Sustainability Environmental Assessment (RNP Support 4B) supported by 4A the Summary HERE and 4C, Flood Risk Sequential and Exception tests

HERE for the SEA Scoping report   Correspondence with Statutory Consultees  HERE and HERE

HERE for the Basic Conditions Statement (of conformity) 


HERE for V10 of the Rye Neighbourhood Plan  which was circulated for comments under Regulation 14. ( V10 reflected advice from Rother DC planning officers,  from a former head of planning at Rother and our own consultant – summary of edits is HEREBrief for Rye Town Council is HERE


March 2018:  New rules for future  Locality grants for Neighbourhood Plans. HERE  


21 Dec:  Comments by Rother DC on the SEA/SA and Sequential Test, followed by discussions with Consultant about handling. Work is now under way to reflect.

4 December:  Latest Draft Papers below.    On Monday 4 December, Rye Town Council adopted the Plan V10 to take forward to Regulation 14 Consultation, subject to some amendments to the Core Business Area map on Page 46.

30 October:  meeting with consultants to discuss work to prepare for Reg 14 Consultation.  Final drafts ( v9) being refined.

17 Oct:  Current work has included consideration of,  traffic and parking,  affordable housing and visitor figures

1 Oct:  New regulations about Neighbourhood Planning 

8 September:  Work continues on preparation for Regulation 14 circulation of the Plan. Recent work is focused on to a review of affordable housing policy HERE. We await Rother screening before making further progress.  Meanwhile several proposals have come forward including the a commercial proposal from BP for a garage at the west of Udimore Rd and housing for the Lower School Site in Ferry Road.  In addition Rye planners have been involved in discussion with both Playden and Rye Foreign groups about proposals coming forward in those Parishes but close to the Rye boundary:  housing in Playden and Memorial Hospital development in Rye Foreign. Details of all are on our Facebook page. The first edition of Rother DC Planning Note is HERE.

16 August:  agreed further consultant support by AIRS and Locality to finalise before Reg 14 consultation.  Awaiting advice from Rother DC about results of ongoing screening. Vice Chair plans to attend the next Rother NP Forum on 30 August in Etchingham.

16 June:  Interesting piece about Neighbourhood Planning with latest statistics  HERE

15 June :  Vice Chair RNPSG attends Rother Local Strategic Partnership Annual Meeting to discuss housing issues across Rother ( see notes on Meetings Page)

31 May RNPSG endorses refinements of the RNP as discussed with Rother Dc on 16 May ( See below)

30 May:  Vice Chair RNPSG talks to Rother Environment Group about the RNP.

16 May valuable meeting between the Vice Chair Steering Group and Rother DC Planning Officers to discuss screening of the Plan by Rother DC.  Detaiuls will be reported to the next Rye TC P&T Committee meetingt on 22 May.  The update can be found on the meetings page of this site.

20 April:  all statutory consultees have responded again and comments recorded and/or actioned. Comments are incorporated in the SEA screening report. Papers now being screened by Rother DC planning officers to ascertain whether they are ready for Regulation 14 consultation.   Latest versions of papers are below.

29 March:  Consultant completes work on all the papers and advises that the following matters are still outstanding before we move to Regulation 14 stage:

  • Consideration of any further comments on the scoping report which you may receive this week;
  • A detailed pre-Regulation 14 consultation of the Plan and SEA with Rother District Council (make sure they look at it in detail rather than just give you general comments as there is little opportunity to do more than fine-tune after the formal Reg 14 consultation);
  • Establish with RDC who is going to do the Stage 2 Flood Risk Assessment of your allocated sites, most of which seem to require this as they affect Flood Zones 2 or 3 (this should be RDC so it is compatible with their Stage 1 assessment they presumably did for the Core Strategy and any stage 2s they have had to do for the DASA);
  • Make any amendments to the Plan necessary as a result of the RDC consultation and reflect these in the SEA;
  • Insert the designated plan area map; the initial scoping opinion from Rother; and the responses to the scoping report into Appendices A, B and D of the SEA Environmental Report;
  • Insert the Reg 14 consultation details into the Non-Technical Summary and decide how you are going to run this consultation.

1 Mar: At the Rye Town Meeting  a summary of the Plan was available to attendees. During the meeting there was lots of discussion about the Plan. The matters discussed are HERE.    Two residents asked about the GREENWAY proposal on which work has started HERE with a feasibility study  and later HERE for the ESCC Report. ( Added Feb 2018)

HERE for V8 of the Plan Other related documents are below.

HERE for Appendices 1-4 and 7 – 8 

HERE for Part 3:  Appendix 5 Site Assessments

HERE for the draft SEA Scoping report   (Includes comments from statutory consultees)     Correspondence with Statutory Consultees HERE

HERE for non technical summary of the SEA

HERE for SEA    

HERE for SEA Appendices 

HERE for policy options appraisal

HERE for the Basic Conditions Statement (of conformity) 

Consultation Document is HERE  

26 Feb: After work by consultant and discussion with Rother DC,  scoping document for the Strategic Environment Assessment put (again – initially put out in early 2016)  for formal consultation to the Statutory Consultees: Natural England, English Heritage, Environment Agency and ESCC traffic policy.

8 Feb: There is a raft of government policy affecting local planning. The Housing White Paper HERE  which was pitched as a series of measures to sort the “broken housing market”. The launch of the Paper was rather overshadowed by Brexit debate.  There is early criticism of the Paper that it is too modest and fails to hit the mark. Early analysis would indicate that there is little to impact on Neighbourhood Planning, as we first feared.   We await further advice from Rother DC, particularly around the challenge of meeting the 3/5 year housing supply targets. Concurrent with the White Paper the Neighbourhood Planning Bill is being considered by the upper House.   Finally, and to some surprise, there is now a  review of the Community Infrastructure Levy ( CIL).  Some points on all these three are enclosed with our last update for the Rye P&T Committee HERE.

7 Feb:  Locality has agreed a bid for a second grant to fund a consultant to complete the Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA).  Work is now underway to elaborate the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as we 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.

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:  Version 8:   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.

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

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)

6 March:  Planning Aid revised roadmap is HERE.  The comments by the Action in Rural Sussex (AIRS) Consultant have been received. These are extensive and are summarised 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.

30 January:  CIL will come into force on 4 April 2016:  details are HERE The differences between S106 and CIL are summarised by Planning Aid as below. 

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.

10 September:  With a renewed debate about the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)  HERE  is a website which plots “who is charging what”.  The background and some facts about CIL are HERE.

30 August:  Rother DC intend to improve communication in the planning process  HERE

25 August :  latest news from Planning Aid HERE

15 July:  RNP Version 5 draft is HERE;  comments can be found 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.

Amicus Horizon TG

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 statementsite 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.

Updates will be found on the Facebook site and Twitter account    @ryenplan

2014 Background

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 programme (provisional project plan). 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.

Have your say

NP Survey

Rye News reports HERE

Rye Observer reports it HERE  and 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.



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At the confluence of three tidal rivers, the community of Rye should welcome the announcement today by the Chancellor about funding for flood defence projects (£2.3bn to help prevent £30bn of damage in high risk areas; 1400 projects to protect 300,000 homes) is already generating deba

Sainsbury’s: more Questions than Answers

On October 16, GKA (for Sainsbury’s) reported a statement from Sainsbury’s: “We fully recognise that many people in Rye would like another supermarket in the town. As such, we are approaching alternative food retailers in the first instance and will only consider other alternatives if

Who decides how many new homes should be built in Rye?   

We know that in England there is shortage of homes and in particular affordable homes. This problem lies at the heart of the country’s housing crisis. With an increasing population (in 2014, the government estimates some 40-50k per year) this shortage will only get worse, unless we ca

Co-Working: where coffee shop meets working space

We usually consider people working either in workspaces or in home spaces. The latter may operate from home or mix of home and car.  A relatively new concept is “co-working” within common work facilities. This combines the appeal of a relaxed work environment but alongside

Neighbourhood Plan – What’s in it for Rye?

Since December 2011 the Localism Act has enabled communities, which opt to do so, to have more of a say about how neighbourhoods can develop.  This is a major change from the present system where key decisions are generally in the hands of the developer and the Planning Authority, Rot