On Thursday, November 14 Rother District Council’s planning committee will formally discuss the application to build 63 homes on the Former Thomas Peacocke School / Lower School site on Ferry Road.
The application, which has been recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers, would involve the demolition of the Queen Adelaide pub and erection of 38 houses and 25 flats.
In their paper the council point out that the area has been identified for housing in the Rye Neighbourhood Plan and “considerable time has been spent by planning officers to negotiate an acceptable scheme with a particular focus on relocating the access away from the level crossing on Ferry Road, providing a layout that reflects the heritage of Rye and a good level of amenity for future residents, ensuring flood risks are mitigated and maintaining a landscape buffer along the eastern boundary.”
While the revised application has been approved by the main statutory bodies, such as Highways England, ESCC and the Environment Agency, it has been opposed by Rye Town Council and Rye Conservation Society.
Rye Town Council have listed their concerns as over development on the site and insufficient parking, while the Conservation Society are concerned with, amongst other things, the loss of trees and natural habitat adjacent to the railway line.
Both organisations have also expressed concern about the lack affordable housing within the development. Rother have responded to this particular concern with “the applicant has provided evidence that the costs of development, including community infrastructure levy (CIL), are such that the provision of affordable housing is not viable.”
The council expect the development to generate a CIL of approximately £783,405 and will be looking for the developer to contribute £77,948 towards the provision of affordable housing off-site.
The full planning paper that will be discussed at the meeting on November 14 can be read here.
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