The district’s largest town of Rayleigh features the site of a 10th century Norman castle, Rayleigh Mount, as well as the 18th century Rayleigh Windmill and Dutch Cottage. The small market town of Rochford has played host to a local market since 1247, and houses the 13th century Old House and 16th century Rochford Hall, one-time home of the Boleyn family. Scattered across the district’s many villages are ancient settlements mentioned in the Domesday Book.

The district’s coastline provides a wonderful place for walking, cycling, bird-watching, painting, photography or simply taking in the sea air. Wildlife havens include Foulness Island and the Upper Roach Valley Special Landscape Area, encompassing the ancient woodland at Hockley Woods and Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park. The Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project, being delivered by the RSPB, is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme – the largest of its kind in Europe.

Rochford District Council Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment Need Summary Report, June 2017Rochford District Council Local guidance Countywide / Subregional Not currently available
Local Development Plan      
Core Strategy 2011    
Allocations Plan 2014    
Development Management Plan 2014    
Hockley Area Action Plan 2014    
London Southend Airport & Environs Joint Area Action Plan 2014    
Rochford Town Centre Area Action Plan 2015    
Rayleigh Centre Area Action Plan 2015    
Draft Local Plan    
Development Viability      
Developer Contributions       
Greater Essex Growth and Infrastructure Framework (GIF)    
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)    
Development and Urban Design      
Neighbourhood planning    
Planning Policy    
Design Guidance: SPD2 Housing Design 2007    
Design Guidance: SPD4 Shop Fronts  Security and Design 2007    
Design Guidance: SPD6 Design Guidelines for Conservation Areas 2007     
Design Guidance: SPD7 Design Landscaping and Access Statement 2007    
Parking Standards Design and Good Practice SPD 2010    
Health and Wellbeing      
Health Impact Assessment(HIA)    
Accessible and Adaptable Dwellings    
National Space Standards    
Essex Insight Public Health Profile    
Open Space Appraisal    
Open Space Strategy 2015    
Playing Pitch Strategy SPD 2012    
Climate Change and Flood Risk      
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)    
Water Cycle Study 2011    
Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) 2012    
Sustainable Drainage Systems Design Guide    
Environment Quality      
Essex Landscape Character Assessment 2003      
Landscape Character Assessment of the Essex Coast 2005    
Green Space Strategy    
Historic Environment Characterisation Project 2006    
Local Wildlife Sites Review 2007    
Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans 2007    
Transport and Communications Infrastructure      
Highways Standards      
Cycling Strategy 2016    
Local Transport Plan 2011    
Protected Lanes    
Economy & Retails      
Economic Development Needs Topic Paper 2017    
Retail and Leisure Needs Topic Paper 2014    
Retail and Leisure Study Update 2017    
Addendum to the South Essex Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2017    
Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) 2017    
SHELAA Appendix A: Call for Sites Form    
SHELAA Appendix B: "Find Your Site" and Area Maps    
SHELAA Appendix C: Site Assessment Forms    
SHELAA Appendix D: Final Viability Report    
SHELAA Appendix E: Housing Land Trajectory    
Rochford District Council Gypsy & Traveller Accommodation Assessment Need Summary Report  2017  
Green Belt      
Green Belt Functions Assessment    
Green Belt Landscape Assessment    
Green Belt Boundary Review    


Page updated: 6/12/2019

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