Friday January 11, is the last day for the public to comment on Rye’s Neighbourhood Plan (RNP). The Plan has been developed over a number of years and was discussed at Rother District Council’s cabinet meeting on December 17.
Rother’s cabinet said the Plan was “comprehensive, well-researched and covered a wide range of complex issues which set out a blueprint for the town to 2028” and congratulations were extended to Rye Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, Vice-Chair Colonel Kimber, consultants and council planning officers for the amount of work and effort that had gone into the production of the Plan.
The Plan identifies six sites where it aims to provide 160 dwellings, 40 of which are to be built at Rye Harbour. Thirty dwellings are proposed at the Freda Gardham School site and additional housing at the former Lower School site.
Ten areas within the Plan have been identified as “local green spaces” (LGS) because of their “environmental character, local recreational facilities and as a source of biodiversity”. Rother’s cabinet questioned the identification of Gibbets Marsh overspill car park as an LGS. Members considered that the river corridor constituted an important LGS but the overspill car park provided much needed additional car parking during the busy summer visitor periods and believed it should remain a car park.
You can submit your comments on Rye’s Neighbourhood Plan here.