All our Plan documents are available to view on the 'Resources' tab at the top of the page. (The final 'submission' version of the Plan and all supporting documents can be seen by scrolling down the resources page, under the heading: 'Neighbourhood Plan - final 'Submission' Documents (Regulation 15 & Regulation 16)')
It was only in November 2014 that the Parish Council decided to go down the route of creating a Neighbourhood Plan, driven by the fact that Rother District Council's own Plan contains a requirement to find space to build at least 155 new dwellings in Robertsbridge, up to 2028.
Roll forward to September 2017 and much has happened. The Parish Council's Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has produced a comprehensive plan, identifying not only preferred sites for housing, but also covering such matters as: protection of green spaces and the environment generally, support for footpaths and bridleways, future provision for all three of our schools and much more.
The draft plan was consulted on by the Parish Council in September to November 2016, and many people and organisations put forward your refinements to the ideas of the Steering Group - a process called Reg. 14 Consultation. The draft was revised in the light of comments received and then submitted to Rother District Council (RDC) in December (Reg. 15). Reg. 16 stage followed, which included a further round of consultation, this time led by RDC, as the Planning Authority.
From 10th February to 24th March, interested parties had the chance to examine the plan documents, and submit comments to RDC. The Steering Group reflected on these and made more suggestions which have now been sent to the Independent Examiner who was appointed in May.
The Examiner, John Slater, decided on reviewing all the available material to hold a Public Hearing on 28 September, for which he prepared a number of detailed written questions. Following the Hearing he formally requested two further matters, first that the Parish Council review their Strategic Environmental Assessment, and second that the promoters of the Mill Site find an emergency access for their site which would not be affected by a 1 in 100 year flood event. He gave a deadline of 30 November to submit their proposals to him.
The revised Strategic Environmental Assessment was submitted to the Programme Officer on 31 October and is now open for public consultation until 5 pm 28 November.
If you click on the Resources tab, you can see all the documents which have been issued by all parties during the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan, including the Independent Examiner.
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On 1st November 2017 a representative of Hodsons Mill sent an email to the Examiner, via the Programme Officer, with regard to the requests in his Post Hearing Note, to which Mr Slater responded. A further related email was sent to the Examiner on 14th November, and a response issued 15th November 2017. These items of correspondence can be viewed on the 'Resources' page.
In his Post Hearing Notes Mr John Slater invited the Parish Council to review the Environmental Report (SEA), in particular the relative scoring of alternative sites, contained within the Environmental Report. The Parish Council accepted this invitation and the revised document is now published here for consultation:
This consultation runs from 9am, Wednesday 1st November 2017 to 5pm, Tuesday 28th November 2017. Anyone is welcome to comment on the revised Environmental Report
Comments should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or in writing to:
Cheryl Poole, Programme Officer, Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3JX
The submitted comments will be collated and sent to the Examiner by 30th November 2017 and the redacted versions excluding personal data will be published on the Resources page of this website (and on the Rother District Council website).
Mr Slater has produced his Post Hearing Notes, including details of actions, with deadlines, noted specifically for the Parish Council and for the representatives of Hodson's Mill.
He also refers to an email received following the Hearing from one of the representatives for the Diocese of Chichester (Vicarage Site) regarding the gradient of the proposed access; the Notes and the email can both be viewed below:
At the Public Hearing on 28/9/17, the Diocese of Chichester circulated a proposed access layout plan; this has been published and can be seen by clicking on the 'Resources' tab at the top of the page.