Lavant Parish Council


Lavant is a rural parish with an electorate of approximately 1347 in 750 households and at present a precept of £27,420. The parish is just north of Chichester on either side of the A286 Midhurst Road.


Further details about the village can be found in the Lavant Neighbourhood Plan

The community is a vibrant one served well by its pubs, restaurants, schools, churches and village hall. The closeness of Goodwood adds to the activities in the parish.


Lavant is to be found in a beautiful part of West Sussex and yet is within easy reach of major urban centres on the coast from Brighton to Southampton. The close proximity of Chichester means access to both mainline trains and buses with direct links to Gatwick Airport and London, Brighton and Portsmouth and also across country to the West, the Midlands and the North.


Parishioners can, of course, use the varied commercial, leisure and entertainment facilities of Chichester with ease. The coast is also very close at Bosham and the Chichester Harbour area, the Witterings, Selsey and Bognor Regis.



2019 Election Year for Parish Councillors


Are you passionate about your village?

Are you concerned about your local area?

Do you want to represent the views and interests of local residents?

Do you want to help the vulnerable people in your community?

Do you want to improve the quality of life and the local environment in your village?

Do you want to contribute your business or personal skills and expertise to the community?

Are you passionate about services provided to your community?


If yes then you can stand for election as a Parish Councillor in May 2019.


All the current Parish councillors will retire from office in May 2019. ANY person who has resided in or worked full-time in the area of Lavant (or within 3 miles of it) for the preceding 12 months (ie from April 2018) can stand for election to the Parish Council.


What does a Parish Councillor do?

So many things! Parish councillors are the ears, eyes and mouths of their residents. They listen to their residents and present their views to the council and work together to find solutions and innovations; either by working together within the village or by petitioning for action outside the community at District or County level. They are also responsible for the more mundane but necessary tasks of supplying litter bins; street lighting in certain areas; cutting back overgrown hedgerows and controlling the flooding in the village. They can also provide leisure activities for the young and social interaction for the excluded.


If you think you might be interested please contact the Parish Clerk to find out , (or pop into St Nick's church on a Monday or Wednesday morning to talk to the clerk).


GOODWOOD HOUSE FIREWORKS 4th/5th/6th/7th December 2018

There will be fireworks at Goodwood House from Tuesday 4th December through to Friday 7th December inclusive at approximately 10.10pm. Please protect all noise-sensitive animals and livestock.



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Latest News


14/01/2019 - CDC Press release - Formal response regarding Chichester A27 proposals is received


The Leader of Chichester District Council has received the formal written response regarding the rejected A27 proposals from Highways England.

The letter, from Highways England, follows a meeting that took place last month between Chichester District Council; the West Sussex County Council; and Chichester MP, Gillian Keegan.

"The detailed letter confirms the discussions that we had with Highways England, in December. We are still extremely disappointed with the response, but we remain determined to continue to campaign on this issue to ensure that a positive solution is found as an improved A27 is absolutely vital for the whole district.


"I will be meeting with Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, and Gillian Keegan on January 25 to discuss and reflect on the letter and talk through what the next steps should be."


The letter outlines the reasons why neither of the options would be feasible.


Highways England write that it is clear that both presented options, the Mitigated Northern and Mitigated Southern routes, have 'considerable issues to delivery that cannot at this time be overcome'.


It states: "This, along with the considerable costs without increased benefits mean the scheme would not represent value for money and therefore it is not possible to take a major improvement of the Chichester bypass forward at this time."


28/11/2018 - Chichester’s Local Plan Review approved for public consultation


A review of housing provision in Chichester District over the next 15 years has been approved for a public consultation.


At their meeting on Tuesday November 20, Chichester District councillors gave the go ahead for the Local Plan Review: Preferred Approach document to go out to public consultation for eight weeks, starting on 13 December 2018.


The document sets out the council's proposed planning strategy for the period up to 2035, including the amount and location of proposed development.


The Local Plan does not include areas within the South Downs National Park. These areas are subject to a separate plan undertaken by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).


Members of the public will be able to view documents and information at from 13 December.


The consultation will take place over an extended period to take account of Christmas and New Year, and will end on 7 February 2019.





"The amount of housing required is determined by central Government, not by Chichester District Council," explains Councillor Susan Taylor, Cabinet Member for Planning Services at Chichester District Council. "If we fail to plan for the required number, development will take place anyway, but in unplanned locations and probably with less infrastructure being provided.


"This consultation is an opportunity for all residents to have a look at the proposals in detail and provide their comments. As well as commenting online, we are also organising a series of public consultation events across the district where residents can come along and speak to our officers, ask questions and find out more about what is planned. We will publicise these once all the dates and venues are confirmed, but they will start in January."


In addition to those sites already included in the 2015 Local Plan and not yet completed, a number of other key sites and housing numbers have been identified as follows:


East of Chichester: minimum 600 dwellings.

Southern Gateway: minimum 350 dwellings.

Land south west of Chichester: minimum of 100 dwellings and employment development.

Land at Highgrove Farm, Bosham: minimum of 250 dwellings.

Land at North Park Farm, Selsey: minimum of 250 dwellings.

Land west of Tangmere: minimum of 1,300 dwellings (an additional 300 dwellings above the allocation in the adopted local plan).



A minimum of 2,500 homes would be provided on new strategic sites through Neighbourhood Plans:


Chidham and Hambrook parish: minimum of 500 dwellings.

East Wittering Parish: minimum of 350 dwellings.

Fishbourne Parish: minimum of 250 dwellings.

Hunston Parish: minimum of 200 dwellings.

Southbourne Parish: minimum of 1,250 dwellings.


The plan also sets out a number of smaller parish housing requirements where there is no strategic allocation. It is anticipated that the land will be identified in neighbourhood plans for those parishes.


The plan proposes significant provision for new employment floor space. This would equate to more than 230,000 square metres for the period up to 2035. Around 2.4 hectares of employment land would be provided on land at Chichester Business Park, Tangmere.


The council has commissioned a transport study to look at the impact development will have on the road network. The study will suggest measures to mitigate this impact. This will be available alongside the Local Plan Review: Preferred Approach. This includes proposed works to junctions on the A27 Chichester Bypass. These proposed works are a different and separate set of proposals from those that have previously been the subject of consultation by Highways England and discussion by the Build A Better A27 group. These latter proposals dealt with wider traffic and congestion issues rather than solely mitigating the impact of development within the Local Plan Review.


24/09/2018 - New Newsletter out now!


Read all about it! Lavant Parish Council newsletter can be read under "village information" tab.


22/05/2018 - Lavant Parish Council Open letter re A27 sent to MP, WSCC, CDC, SDNP


Lavant Parish Council has sent an open letter signed by three Parish Councils and 2 residents' associations concerning the A27 consultation. To read the letter click here


07/03/2018 - Eastmead Industrial Estate plans for development


For residents who were unable to go to the presentation at Lavant Memorial Hall please find the information here

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