Focused Amendments to the Proposed Submission Core Strategy
Focused Amendments to the Proposed Submission Core Strategy
The Council is consulting on a limited number of ‘Focused Amendments’ to its Proposed Submission Core Strategy.
The Sustainability Appraisal of the Proposed Submission Core Strategy has also been updated to reflect the focussed amendments, as well as to add further explanation and clarification of certain other assessments. The updated Sustainability Appraisal, known as the Proposed Submission Core Strategy Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating the focused amendments) can be found here2.
Representations made to the focused amendments must be received by the Council (electronically via the dedicated online consultation system or using the representation form sent via email or in the post) within a 6-week period ending at 4.30pm on Friday 27th July 2012.
Representations can only relate to the focused amendments. Representations relating to the Proposed Submission Core Strategy Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating the focused amendments) should indicate what policy within the Core Strategy the representation impacts upon.
Table of Focused Amendments
- Words which appear in bold text are policy wording
- Words which appear with a
strikethroughindicate where words are to be removed from the text/policy.
- Words which are underlined are additions of new text
|Policy/ Paragraph||Proposed Change||Reason|
|FA1||Chapter 2, pg. 9||New paragraph||
Insert a new paragraph after 2.20 to read:
Reference is also made to the UK Marine Policy Statement, which the Council will have regard to, along with marine plans and designations, as these are developed, to ensure integration with the marine planning regime.
|To ensure compliance with marine planning regime, in accordance with NPPF Paragraph 105.|
|FA2||Chapter 7, pg. 39||Policy OSS3||
Insert the word ‘differentiate’ before ‘between’ in line
1, to read:
Development boundaries around settlements will continue to differentiate between areas …
|To correct a typographical error.|
|FA3||Chapter 7, pg. 41||Policy OSS4||
Amend criterion (ii) by adding reference to access to (as
well as capacity of) services, to read:
(ii) the capacity of, as well as access to, existing infrastructure and services, and of any planned or necessary improvements to them;
|To accord with Policy TR3 in respect of access to services|
|FA4||Chapter 10, pg. 64||Policy RY1||
Amend (iii) by inserting reference to the Conservation
Area, and move the reference to retail and services to
(iv), to read:
(iii) Preserve and enhance the character and historic environment of the Citadel and wider Conservation Area, and the
(iv) Retain the centre of Rye as the main focus for retail and services for the town, and increase the choice of convenience shopping in Rye by facilitating the increase of some 1,650sq m net additional convenience floorspace within or adjacent to the town centre;
|To better align this policy with the Rye Objectives, to refer to retail provision within one policy criteria for better legibility, and for consistent reference to the Conservation Area with other towns, and in response to a representation from Rye Town Council.|
|FA5||Chapter 10, pg. 64||Policy RY1 - (ix)||
Amend RY1(ix) to include reference to habitat creation
and green links, to read:
(ix) Promote green tourism initiatives, including the careful management of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and, where feasible, new habitat creation and green infrastructure linkages, that protects and enhances the integrity of the internationally important ecological interests;
|To highlight the potential for habitat creation and green infrastructure in line with the aspiration for enhanced green tourism, complementing Policy EN5..|
|FA6||Chapter 12, pg. 78||Paragraph 12.32||
Amend Policy RA1 (iii) to clarify that it covers local
services, as well as shops and public houses, to
(iii) Ensuring thriving and viable rural communities, by retention of, and support for, local shops, services and public houses in villages;
|To better support the retention of local services and to accord with the NPPF (paragraph 70).|
|FA7||Chapter 12, pg. 81||Figure 12||
Amend the housing completions and commitment numbers for
Catsfield and Sedlescombe in Figure 12, to read:
|To correct factual errors following checks on records of completions.|
|FA8||Chapter 12, pg. 84||New paragraph between 12.52 and 12.53||
Insert new paragraph to read:
More generally, development in the countryside must have regard to impacts on both landscape character and natural resource management. ‘Natural resources’ in this context includes biodiversity, water resources, water quality, floodplains, coastline, air quality and minerals.
|To clarify the term ‘natural resources’ referred to in RA3 (v).|
|FA9||Chapter 12, pg. 86||Policy RA3||
Amend RA3 (iii) (a), to read:
Also, amend paragraph 12.57, to read:
|To remove reference to PPS7 Annex A, as DCLG has confirmed that it has been superseded by the NPPF. New policy wording retains key elements of Annex A.|
|FA10||Chapter 12, pg. 86||Policy RA4 and paragraph 12.65||
Amend RA4(i) (c) to remove reference to affordable
housing in the sequential approach, to read:
(c) Where such uses are not suitable, due to adverse impacts on amenity or rural landscape character,
12.65 Where such conversions are not suitable for the particular nature or location of the buildings, or where the applicant has demonstrated that employment or tourism uses are not viable, residential conversions will be considered. In such circumstances, the applicant should demonstrate that every attempt has been made to secure an employment or tourism re-use first. Where such residential conversion involves the creation of a new dwelling(s), then the scheme will be required to contribute towards the provision of affordable housing in accordance with Policy LHN2.
In light of both objections and of further research
showing that Registered Providers are unlikely to take on
such properties for viability and resource reasons.
Supporting text is amended accordingly, clarifies the hierarchical approach of Policy RA4 and adds a useful cross-reference highlighting that policy LHN2 also applies.
|FA11||Chapter 12, pg. 88||New Paragraph after 12.68||
Insert an additional paragraph after 12.68, to read:
Historic farm buildings can often also be important habitats for wildlife such as bats, barn owls and other nesting birds. The English Heritage document ‘The Conversion of Traditional Historic Farm Buildings: A guide to good practice’ also gives advice on wildlife legislation in this respect, and advises that an ecological survey should be carried out at project feasibility stage to establish whether there are protected species present.
|To support the existing policy reference RA4 (iv) regarding the protection of habitats for protected species.|
|FA12||Chapter 13, pg. 95||Policy SRM1 and paragraph 13.15||
Amend SRM1(i), to read:
(i) Require proposed developments of more than
The Study recommends the development of energy strategies for developments over certain thresholds. It also recommends the scope of strategies, which should be based on the predicted energy demand as derived from building physics modelling.
|To better reflect the recommendations of the Council’s Low carbon and renewable energy potential study, in response to objections, and to support the NPPF (paragraph 97).|
|FA13||Chapter 13, pg. 95||Policy SRM1||
Amend SRM1(iii) to read:
(iii) Support stand-alone renewable and low carbon energy generation schemes, particularly those utilising solar, biomass and wind energy technologies, that:
|To improve the readability of the policy in respect of renewable energy potentials, and to more fully reflect potential environmental constraints, partly in response to an objection.|
|FA14||Chapter 13, pg. 95||Policy SRM1||
Insert an additional part to SRM1, to read:
(viii) Expect new developments to provide and support recycling facilities;
|To accord with the South East Plan, give policy expression to existing text at paragraph 7.75, and in response to an objection.|
|FA15||Chapter 13, pg. 95||Policy SRM1||
Amend SRM1 (vi) to read:
|Reference to the LCLIP is no longer appropriate, although no change in policy scope is proposed. (This amendment also shows a non-material change to correct a typographic error, where the first word should read ‘Adaptation’.)|
|FA16||Chapter 13, pg. 98||Policy SRM2 and paragraph 13.28||
Amend SRM2 (ii) to refer to the South East River Basin
Management Plan, to read:
(ii) Ensuring that new development does not have an adverse effect on the water quality and potential yield of water resources, in line with the objectives of the South East River Basin Management Plan, including with particular reference to groundwater ‘source protection zones; Also, include reference to relevant Environment Agency guidance at the end of paragraph 13.28, to read:
Particular regard should be given to the Environment Agency’s ‘Groundwater Protection: Policy and Protection (GP3)’ document.
|For clarification and to highlight alignment with the objectives in the South East River Basin Management Plan|
|FA17||Chapter 13, pg. 98||Policy SRM2 and a supporting paragraph||
Redraft criterion (v) to give greater emphasis to water
efficiency, to read:
(v) The promotion of Ensuring that all development incorporates water efficiency through the use of rainwater and grey water storage and recycling measures appropriate to the scale and nature of the use proposed. Also, insert a new paragraph after paragraph 13.29 to highlight water resource issues, the need for water efficiency, potential measures and how these will be defined; to read:
Given the pressures on water resources, it is important to use water efficiently. Further consideration of specific water efficiency measures, including the use of water efficient appliances, rainwater and grey water storage and recycling, will be made through the Development and Site Allocations DPD.
|To provide greater clarification and to give greater emphasis on how the Core Strategy supports water efficiency and reducing water consumption.|
|FA18||Chapter 14, pg. 105||Policy CO3||
Qualify the support for water-based recreation in (vi),
(vi) giving particular support for water –based recreation along the coast near Camber Sands and Bexhill, and at Bewl Water, having due regard to environmental considerations.
|To highlight the proper regard to be paid to environmental considerations, including to the integrity of the ‘Natura 2000’ international nature conservation sites.|
|FA19||Chapter 17, pg. 146||Paragraph 17.41||
Redraft paragraph 17.41 to read:
|To clarify the role of the Appropriate Assessment process and update reference to its findings and the consequential changes:|
|FA20||Chapter 17, pg. 147||Policy EN5||
Amend Policy EN5 by the addition of a further criterion,
inserted after (i):
Protect and enhance the international, national and locally designated sites, having due regard to their status;
|To clarify that the protection given to nature conservation sites will relate to their status in the hierarchy of designations.|
|FA21||Chapter 17, pg. 147||Policy EN5||
Amend the first sentence of Policy EN5 and insert
additional part, as follows:
Biodiversity, geodiversity and green space will be protected and enhanced, by multi-agency working where appropriate, to:
|To ensure compliance with the NPPF (paragraph 117).|
|FA22||Chapter 19 , pg. 166||Policy IM3||
Amend Policy IM3 (i) to read:
||To ensure compliance with NPPF (paragraph 47)|
Amend the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) in the form of an
addendum, setting out further explanation and
clarification, to include:
For the full amendments see the ‘Proposed Submission Core Strategy Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating Focused Amendments)’
|To partly respond to an objection, improve readability and correct minor drafting errors.|
1 www.rother.gov.uk/media/pdf/2/o/Proposed_Submission_Core_Strategy.pdf 2 www.rother.gov.uk/sa 3 www.rother.gov.uk/corestrategy