Robertsbridge Neighbourhood Plan

Robertsbridge Neighbourhood Plan

Where we have got to...

We have now received the Examiner's report on our draft Neighbourhood Plan (see opposite under 'Latest News').


As with most such reports, the Examiner has made several suggestions, and we shall have to decide together with Rother District Council (RDC), how we are to respond. The main points of his report are:


  • He is happy with the revised Strategic Environmental Assessment we produced.
  • He approves of the Mill Site's alternative emergency access to be used in the event of a 1 in 100-year flood event.
  • Consequently, he approves of the allocation of the Mill Site for housing and employment redevelopment, as well as the housing sites we proposed at Heathfield Gardens and Fair Lane (Vicarage site), subject to the final numbers being determined on individual planning applications, by RDC.
  • However, because of the lack of affordable housing proposed at the Mill site (due to the extraordinary costs of this brownfield redevelopment), he is saying that that Grove Farm Phase 1 should be included in the site allocations. This means that if all sites were to be developed to their maximum, as we envisaged them, it would increase by 30 the number of dwellings to be built until the end of the Plan period in 2028.


The Steering Group and the Parish Council will have to take stock of these proposals and consult with RDC to agree on a response to the Examiner's report which then can be put to the Cabinet and Full Council at RDC. That will take a couple of weeks, but we now have a template to work to.'


Stephen Hardy

Chair, NP Steering Group




All our Plan documents are available to view on the 'Resources' tab at the top of the page.
(The '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)')



Contact details



01580 881 309


01580 880 740



Latest News


Examination Report published....
23rd Jan 2018


The Independent Examiner, Mr John Slater, has issued his Report on the Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan (23/1/18). It is available to view on the 'Resources' page.



Post Hearing Documents now available
12th Dec 2017


All responses to the post Hearing consultation (Revised SEA) and other documentation invited by the Examiner can now be accessed via the Resources page.