Extract from B&HCC’s Rottingdean Urban Study:
Scale and density
Rottingdean is characterised by low density, low rise development running along the valley floor creating an intimate human scale. As the village has grown over time, the organic layout of historic core becomes more formalised into a Victorian and suburban grid pattern with a low gross density of 10 dwellings per hectare. Compared to neighbouring rural suburbs, the population is comparatively low. The high street supports a range of shops and services and a number of schools indicating that the village is a district centre for the surrounding neighbourhoods as well as attracting tourists to the area.