Early tasks for the RNPSG includes the listing of key issues; development of a vision and the drafting of objectives for the Rye plan. Policies, supported by evidence will then flow from the early work.
Once developed, the strategic Vision and objectives will be RECORDED HERE.
A pamphlet is being drafetd to cover OBJECTIVES and OPTIONs, which it is intended to circulate in May/June. The draft is HERE.
These will reflect the objectives in plans to which the Rye Neighbourhood Plan has to conform as below.
In proposing a vision, the RNPSG will take note of the Rother District Council objectives (for period to 2028) extracted below:
To improve the economic and social well-being of Rye, including in relation to its market town role, tourism
and the Port of Rye, whilst fully respecting and sensitively managing its historic character, vulnerability
to flooding and ecologically important setting”
Strategic Objectives for the five working groups have been suggested by the RNPSG as below, but these will need to be developed by the working groups:
– Housing and landscape: “well considered development in carefully identified locations; designed to retain the unique rural, market, ancient and maritime character of Rye”
– Community and related service infrastructure: “a balanced and vibrant community with services to meet the needs of all at every stage of their lives”
– Business/Economy/Jobs Tourism : “a thriving, sustainable business and enterprise sector which benefits both the community, visitors and the Port of Rye”
– Transport “Getting around” (If existing Traffic Forum subsumes this work then its objectives will need to be aligned with RNP) : “an accessible, integrated and improved transport system with a move towards more sustainable means (including for pedestrians and cyclists)”
– Environment, Sustainability, Conservation, Energy, Waste, Flood risks: “striking a balance between development and conservation, with reduced adverse impact on the environment “
Rother District Council Local Plan (Rye and Rye Harbour Policies are here)
The RNPSG will take account of the detailed objectives taken from the Rother District Council Local Plan (Adopted 2006) and the “Core Strategy” (Please see below), aimed at development and change in Rye (and Rye Harbour Village):
Policy GD1 of the adopted Local Plan states that all development should meet the following criteria:
– it meets the needs of future occupiers, including providing appropriate amenities and the provision of appropriate means of access for disabled users;
– it is in keeping with and does not unreasonably harm the amenities of adjoining properties;
– it provides for adequate and safe access by all relevant modes of transport, appropriate parking provision, in accordance with transport policies of the Plan (TR3) and does not result in unacceptable traffic or transport conditions;
– it respects and does not detract from the character and appearance of the locality;
– it is compatible with the conservation of the natural beauty of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty;
– it respects the topography, important views to and from the site and retains site features that contribute to the character or amenities of the area;
– it protects habitats of ecological value and incorporates, wherever practicable, features that enhance the ecological value of the site, with particular regard to wildlife refuges or corridors, or fully compensates for any necessary loss;
– it does not prejudice the character, appearance or setting of heritage features, notably scheduled ancient monuments and sites of archaeological importance, listed buildings, conservation areas, registered historic parks and gardens, the registered battlefield at Battle, or other buildings and spaces of historic importance;
– the infrastructure and facilities necessary to serve the development are available, or suitable provision is made as part of the development, in accordance with Policy GD2;
– it provides adequate and appropriate means for foul and surface water drainage, with suitable alleviation and mitigation measures where necessary and does not prejudice water quality;
– it is compatible with deterring crime, including maximising opportunities for natural surveillance of public places;
– it promotes the efficient use of energy and water through the layout and design of buildings.
– it properly addresses any known or suspected contamination of the site, or threat from landfill gas, through site investigations and suitable remediation; where significant development of agricultural land is unavoidable, it makes use of poorer quality land in preference to that of higher quality except where this would be inconsistent with other sustainability considerations;
– it takes account of flood risk and in the areas of flood risk, as shown on the Environment Agency risk map, it is expected to minimise and manage the risk to flooding.
Policy GD2 covers:
– Development will only be permitted when it is satisfactorily demonstrated that the infrastructure and facilities required to service the development are available or will be provided.
– Such provision may require funding contributions, off-site works the provision of land or phasing, which will be secured normally by legal agreements.
– Where a site, either defined in the Local Plan or otherwise proposed for development, comprises land in separate ownerships, it must be demonstrated that proposals will secure the provision of necessary infrastructure to serve the whole site.
Rye & Rye Harbour Objectives (Rother District Council Core Strategy):
(i)To work with stakeholders to improve traffic management, tackle congestion and promote sustainable transport measures;
(ii)To work with agencies to support and promote strategic transport links from Rye to the wider locality;
(iii)To improve access to high quality education, employment and housing;
(iv)To enhance sustainable tourism and leisure;
(v)To improve the availability of day to day goods and services;
(vi)To secure investment in community facilities and in new and/or improved pedestrian and cycle routes linking residents to their facilities;
(vii)To conserve and enhance the unique built character and quality of the Citadel and its distinctive landscape
(viii)To protect and sensitively manage the high quality ecological and landscape resources;
(ix)To continue to manage, and protect the community from the risk of flooding.
The Rye Action Plan (2007) listed the following objectives:
- The residents of Rye and especially Tilling Green have identified a need for a community centre;
- There is a requirement to consolidate the provision of youth recreation facilities and spaces in Rye for young people
- Support the regeneration of Station Approach
- Encourage the provision of appropriate affordable housing
- Secure rail and sustainable transport infrastructure improvements
- Attract extra provision in the town particular for food, clothing and other everyday goods
The Rye and Rye Harbour Study provides an aim and additional objectives:
– Aim: To improve the economic and social well-being of Rye, including in relation to its market town role, tourism and the Port of Rye, whilst fully respecting and sensitively managing its historic character, vulnerability to flooding and ecologically important setting.
- To improve access to high quality education, employment and housing
- To enhance sustainable tourism and leisure
- To improve the availability of day to day goods and services
- To secure investment in community facilities and in new and/or improved pedestrian and cycle routes linking residents to their facilities
- To conserve and enhance the unique built character and quality of the Citadel and its distinctive landscape setting
- To protect and sensitively manage the high quality ecological and landscape resources;
- To continue to manage, and protect the community from, the risk of flooding
- To work with stakeholders to improve traffic management, tackle congestion and promote sustainable transport measures
- To work with agencies to support and promote strategic transport links from Rye to the wider locality
Rother District Council Strategic Policies
To flow from the objectives, in drafting the Rye policies, the RNPSG will take account of the Rother District Council strategic policies to achieve its objectives are to:
- (i) Promote efficiencies and improvements to the strategic transport network to improve connectivity between Rye and other major urban centres;
- (ii) Support traffic management on the local road network, promote sustainable alternatives to the car and implement the objectives stated in Local Transport Plan 3 and the Rye Local Area Transport Strategy;
- (iii) Preserve and enhance the character and historic environment of the Citadel and the wider landscape setting of the town, whilst retaining the centre of Rye as the main focus for retail and services for the town;
- (iv) Increase the choice of convenience shopping in Rye by facilitating the increase of some 1,650 sq m net additional convenience floorspace within or adjacent to the town centre;
- (v) Provide between 250 and 350 dwellings net additional dwellings between 2011 and 2028. Opportunities for growth will primarily be sought within the built up area of Rye; (Proposed amended Core Strategy raises the number for Rye and Rye harbour from “250 – 350” to “355-400 dwellings”)
- (vi) Seek to secure and maintain effective flood defences for Rye and Rye Harbour, whilst also minimising and managing flood risk, including in relation to the location of new development in accordance with other criteria;
- (vii) Promote at least 10,000 sq m of employment floorspace at Rye Harbour Road industrial estate to promote economic regeneration and job creation, having particular regard to protecting the integrity of internationally designated habitats; (Proposed amended Core Strategy raises the floorspace from “at least 10,000” to “at least 20,000sq.m.”)
- (viii) Maintain and enhance navigation on the River Rother and the viability of the Port of Rye as a working harbour, having particular regard to protecting the integrity of internationally designated habitats;
- (ix) Promote green tourism initiatives, including careful management of the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, which protect the integrity, and where possible enhance the internationally important ecological interests;
- (x) Tackle social exclusion and promote opportunities for young people to access education, community facilities, employment and leisure;
- (xi) Maintain and enhance the community, cultural and tourism assets of both Rye and Rye Harbour village;
- (xii) Maintain a strategic gap between Rock Channel and the industrial estate at Rye Harbour Road.”
Harbour of Rye Vision and Strategic Policies
(Drawn from the Harbour of Rye Advisory Committee)
The Environment Agency’s plans for managing the Harbour of Rye provides a baseline from which to measure progress and identifies the steps necessary to achieve the Agency’s Vision for the Harbour of Rye:
“A lively, safe, adequately funded, professionally managed harbour, located within a pleasant environment, attracting visitors to the water and surrounding area and supporting the local community”.
The strategic Objectives are determined by central government. The Environment Agency Corporate Strategy and key stakeholders who contributed to the Harbour of Rye plan agree to work to:
– Maintain Safety;
– provide Customer Experience,
– provide Environmental Stewardship;
– provide Community and User Engagement:
– enhance Local Prosperity.