The scheme seeks to create an exceptionally high-quality residential development, defined by a strong sense of place, with significant sustainability credentials on derelict land in an outstanding location. The Brownfield site was previously the location of the Thomas Peacock Lower School which was demolished and the site was subsequently the subject of a Planning Approval for a supermarket.

The site is subject to extensive technical constraints, including flood risk issues, existing mature trees and the adjacent mainline rail link between Ashford and Hastings. The proposals have been tested continually against the constraints and opportunities of the site, with ongoing consultation with the local planning authority to ensure the creation of a sustainable and attractive new development befitting its location in the historic port town of Rye.

Paul Osborne, partner at Clague Architects, explains: “At the heart of the scheme is a green space based on Church Square in Rye. The space is defined by buildings along all edges, with a landmark apartment building acting as a focal point, and a series of terraced townhouses continuing vistas further north.”

Discussions with Rother District Council are ongoing, pursuant to a planning decision in the coming months.




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