Robertsbridge Neighbourhood Plan

Robertsbridge Neighbourhood Plan

Resources

Post Hearing Notes from the Independent Examiner

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:

 

Examiner's Post Hearing Notes

Email regarding gradient of Vicarage Site Access

 

 

 

Vicarage Site - Revised access plan

At the Public Hearing on 28/9/17, the Diocese of Chichester circulated a proposed access layout plan, which was published 2/10/17 and can be seen here:

Diocese of Chichester Revised Access Plan - Option 3

 

 

Neighbourhood Plan - Public Hearing - Statements

The Examiner, Mr John Slater, has invited representatives to take part in discussions. The organisations and individuals are noted in section 4 of his document 'Guidance Notes and Agenda for the Public Hearing on 28th September (shown in the next article below).

 

Each of the representatives has submitted a Written Statement in advance of the Public Hearing. The statements can be viewed on the Rother District Council website, using the link below:

Submitted Statements of Invited Representatives

 

 

Guidance Notes and Agenda for Public Hearing

Independent Examiner Mr Slater has now produced his Guidance Notes and Agenda for the Public Hearing on 28th September 2017, at the Youth Centre, George Hill, Robertsbridge commencing at 9.30am. The one day Hearing will be open to the public, but only invited representatives will be permitted to take part in discussions. Further details, including the agenda and Examiner's specific questions, can be seen in the following document:

Salehurst & Robertsbridge NDP Guidance Notes and Agenda for Public Hearing 28th September 2017

 

 

Initial Comments of the Independent Examiner

Mr Slater has produced his 'Initial Comments of the Independent Examiner' which includes his conclusion that it is appropriate to hold an oral hearing to consider certain matters. Further details of the Hearing will follow shortly. It is noted that the Hearing will be open to the public to attend, but only invited representatives will be permitted to take part in discussions.

 

Initial Comments of the Independent Examiner (Revised Version 14/8/17)

 

 

Initial Questions from the Independent Examiner

The questions from the Independent Examiner to the Parish Council (as the Qualifying Body) and/or Rother District Council (as the Planning Authority), can be seen here: Initial Questions from the Independent Examiner

 

The Response and supporting documents from the Parish Council (Steering Group), can be seen here:

 

 

Rother District Council's Response and supporting documents can be seen on their website:

Rother District Council Response

 

 

 

 

Neighbourhood Plan - final 'Submission' Documents (Regulation 15 & Regulation 16)

 

SRNDP Consultation Statement Appendices:

 

7. Suite of evidence base documents as follows (as listed on page 56, section 3.8.2 of the Submission Plan) :

 

Housing

Local call for sites reports

 

Site presentations and exhibition:

 

Site Assessment Report

SRNDP Housing Report

 

 

Economy

Survey to owners of premises that are rented out (Landlord Survey)

Survey for all business owners in Salehurst & Robertsbridge Parish (Business Owner Survey)

Survey on employment for all residents (Resident Questionnaire Oct.15)

Robertsbridge Enterprise Group Tourism Strategy 2014

S&R Neighbourhood Plan Business Report

 

 

Environment

Historic Environment Report

Character Appraisal

 

 

Others

Parish wide survey (Resident Questionnaire Oct.15)

Vision and Objectives

Parish Analysis Study

National and District Policy Mapping Analysis

Uth Voice Report

Detail and Photographs - Local List of Buildings and Structures (Plan, Schedule 3)

Details and Photographs - Local List of Trees and Hedgerows (Plan, Schedule 4)

 

 

Local Planning Context :

The statutory planning context for preparation of a neighbourhood Plan is the Core Strategy, which sets out the broad planning strategy for Rother District up to 2028. The existing RDC evidence base was the starting point for the steering group when gathering information to support our policies. A list of the key documents used, with links, can be seen here.

 

 

 

 

 

Trees and Hedgerows (Schedule 4) Consultation 21/22/16 - 5/12/16

In our draft Neighbourhood Plan we listed for protection certain trees and hedgerows whose loss would harm the amenity of the area (Policy EN 9 (page 36) / Schedule 4 (page 76).

 

In the light of comments received during the consultation period (26 September to 7 November 2016), we have reviewed the Schedule 4 list of trees and hedgerows and included the rationale behind the selection process. We have issued consultation letters to owners of the trees and hedgerows affected, seeking their views.

 

The revised Schedule 4 can be seen here:

Revised Schedule 4 - Local list of trees and hedgerows outside the Conservation Area

 

 

 

 

The Good Councillor's Guide to Neighbourhood Planning 2017

This publication has been produced by Locality and the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) specifically to help parish and town councillors support their communities and council in deciding whether or not to produce a neighbourhood plan for their area and/or to guide them through the process of producing the plan and thinking about how it will be delivered.

 

 

Part 5: Pre-Submission Consultation and Publicity under Regulation 14 26/9/16 - 7/11/16

 

Please click the links below to view the various documents, as they were presented for consultation under Reg. 14:

 

 

Salehurst & Robertsbridge Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan (Pre Submission Version)

 

Annex 1: Maps

 

Annex 2: Site Assessment

 

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

 

Economy

Survey to owners of premises that are rented out (Landlord Survey)

Survey for all business owners in Salehurst & Robertsbridge Parish (Business Owner Survey)

Survey on employment for all residents (Resident Questionnaire Oct.15)

Robertsbridge Enterprise Group Tourism Strategy 2014

S&R Neighbourhood Plan Business Report

 

 

Environment

Historic Environment Report

Character Appraisal

 

 

Housing

Local call for sites reports

 

 

Site presentations and exhibition:

 

Site Assessment Report

Stategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

SRNDP Housing Report

 

 

Others

Parish wide survey (Resident Questionnaire Oct.15)

Communications Strategy

Vision and Objectives

Parish Analysis Study

National and District Policy Mapping Analysis

Uth Voice Report

Parish Action Plan 2007-8

S & R PC developer contribution survey - 2014

Older people housing needs survey for Robertsbridge June 2011 - RDC

Flooding document

S & R Safer Villages Forum Crime Survey 2003

Housing Needs Survey 2008

Place Check

 

 

Local Planning Context

The statutory planning context for preparation of a neighbourhood Plan is the Core Strategy, which sets out the broad planning strategy for Rother District up to 2028. The existing RDC evidence base was the starting point for the steering group when gathering information to support our policies. A list of the key documents used, with links, can be seen here.

 

 

 

 

Results of parish survey

The Powerpoint Presentation showing how parishoners filled out the survey: Survey results.

 

 

Information from consultation day Saturday, February 27

To view the draft Vision and Objectives, click here.

 

To view the initial proposal for selected sites, click here.

 

To view the feedback form from Saturday, click here. You will not be able to complete this online, but it may be helpful as guidance if you want to email your comments to Stephen Hardy on stephenhardy1948@gmail.com

 

 

Map of sites

To view the map of possible development sites, click here.

 

 

Our communication strategy

To view our communication and engagement strategy, click here.

 

 

Comment from you

Feedback from the exhibition on all proposed sites held on 4th July 2015.

 

Comment received for subject areas to cover, following presentation on 10th January 2015.

 

 

Neighbourhood plans - generic background

 

Housing needs surveys in Rother

 

 

Maps of the possible sites for initial consideration

Site 1 Slides Farm, Silver Hill

2 Beeden's Land, Northbridge Street

3 Mill Site, Northbridge Street

3a Land to north east of Mill Site

4 Mission Room and Vicarage, Fair Lane

5 Grove Farm 1 and site 6 Grove Farm 2, George Hill

7 Robertsbridge Club, Station Road

8 Country Crafts, George Hill

9 Bishops Lane

10 Townfield, rear of Heathfield Gardens (West)

11 Cracknells and Skyfield, rear of Heathfield Gardens (East)

 

 

Developers of proposed Robertsbridge sites

  • Countrycrafts - Westridge Construction
  • Mill Site - Hodson's Mill Ltd
  • Grove Farm - Croudace Strategic
  • Bishop's Lane - Devine Homes
  • Culverwells - Glyndebourne Trust

 

 

Aerial photos of most of the possible sites

Sites 1 and 2

Sites 3 and 3a

Site 4

Site 5 and 6

Site 7

Site 9

Sites 10 and 11

 

 

East Sussex in Figures

East Sussex in Figures is for information and statistics, including population, economy and much more.

 

Click here then on the page that opens click on the brown Salehurst & Robertsbridge (underneath the Search Results).

 

This will take you to the S&R Profile page, then from the drop down box, select the data you want to look at.

 

 

Rother District Council Core Strategy (CS)

RDC's key planning policy document (sort of equivalent to a NP for the whole of Rother - our NP has to be 'in general conformity' with the CS).

 

Click here then on the page that opens lower down the page, under 'Related documents' click on the first PDF document Adopted Core Strategy.

 

 

Economy, Jobs and Business

 

 

 

Housing

There are a number of surveys carried out by Central Government, East Sussex County Council and Rother District Council which assist them (and now us) with plan for current and future housing requirements.

 

Regional Statistics

 

The following shows how the population of Rother stands in terms of housing and wealth compared with the rest of the region.

 

 

 

Strategic Housing Land Availability assessment (SHLAA)

This shows the areas of land which have been assessed by RDC for potential development. Each site on the map is numbered, and has been assessed as green (suitable for development), amber (possibly suitable) or red (not suitable).

 

The tables on the pages after the map give the written details and assessment of each site. These will form the basis of RDC's proposals and consultation for their Development & Site Allocation Document (DaSA).

 

Click here then on the page that opens the 2nd PDF (...Tables and Maps..) contains the details for Robertsbridge on pages 81-85.

 

 

Reports on presentations made by developers

Our independent adviser Donna Moles chaired all the meetings at which developers put their proposals to the steering group, and has provided feedback for each presentation.

 

Presentation 1.

 

Presentation 2

 

Presentation 3

 

Presentation 4

 

Presentation 5

 

Presentation 6

 

Presentation 7

 

Presentation 8

 

 

The sites referred to are as follows:

 

1 - Countrycrafts/market site, George Hill

 

2 - Beedon's land - track leading to Pound Platt, but not the house, rear of Northbridge Street

 

3 - Mill site

 

4 - Grove Farm, George Hill

 

5 - Robertsbridge Club, Station Road

 

6 - Bishops Lane

 

7 - Slides Farm, rear of Northbridge Street

 

8 - Rear of Heathfield Gardens

 

Chichester Diocese, the owners of the Vicarage Land in Fair Lane, were unable to be present at the public exhibition but have since provided the same details as the other sites:

 

9 - Vicarage Land, Fair Lane

Contact details

 

 

01580 881 309

 

01580 880 740