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.



CDC to discuss both A27 options Friday 8th June

Chichester councillors will discuss promoting two routes to the Government in a bid to find A27 solution


Leading councillors at Chichester District Council are to be recommended that two routes are promoted equally to Highways England as part of the community's aims to find a solution to improve the A27 at Chichester.


At a special meeting on Friday 8 June, the council's Cabinet will decide on whether to recommend that councillors support Approach A. This would promote a mitigated northern route and the full southern route without indicating a preference for either option when asking the Government to include a scheme in its second Roads Investment Strategy (RIS2).


This follows work by the community group Build a Better A27 (BABA27) and transport consultants Systra which have been supporting the group to find a way forward.


If the recommendation is agreed, then all Chichester District councillors will have the opportunity to debate this important issue at a special full Council meeting.


Over the last few months the BABA27 group has been working hard to find a solution, supported by Systra, West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council. After analysing a long list of options, the concepts highlighted in Approach A are those that Systra believe merit further feasibility work and consideration.


Any scheme would need to address a wide range of issues including capacity, congestion, journey reliability and environmental issues such as air quality.


The recommendation, if agreed, does not mean that the scheme would definitely go ahead.


Highways England would need to carry out further technical assessment on both concepts, which would be shared in the autumn. It would then publish a draft business plan next April which would contain potential schemes to be included in the second Roads Investment Strategy.


The Government would make the final decision on whether to include the A27 Chichester scheme only after considering it against other competing priorities nationally.


If an A27 Chichester scheme is chosen to be included, then a public consultation would take place, possibly in summer 2020. A preferred route would be announced, with construction work potentially starting in 2023 - 2024.


If none of the approaches are endorsed by Chichester District Council and Highways England does not select a scheme for inclusion in RIS2, improvements to the A27 at Chichester would still need to be carried out. These improvements would be those needed to ease the impact of development arising from the district council's adopted Local Plan.


These would be small scale improvements carried out to ensure that the junctions continued to operate effectively. Partly developer funded, they would be likely to take place gradually as housing development comes forward.


These improvements would only help address the impact of development, and would not improve the overall conditions of the A27.

To access all the background papers for the special Cabinet meeting on Friday 8 June, please see



12th June at 7pm County Hall, Chichester

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Hunters Race Road Closure 27th June 2018

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Latest News


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


28/03/2018 - Lavant Parish Council Statement for WSCC A27 Consultation


Following the public meeting at St Nicholas Church on Thursday 22nd March, Lavant Parish Council has issued a statement which has been sent to WSCC A27 consultation.

To read the statement click here


The Minutes of that meeting can be read 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




Are you, or someone you know, finding it difficult to visit the library? Do you know about West Sussex Libraries' Home Library Direct Service?


This free service is for anyone who is unable to access the library due to age, illness, disability, caring responsibilities or other reasons.


A volunteer will select your choice of books - including large print and audiobooks - deliver them to your home, and return them to the library. All of our volunteers are DBS checked.


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CDC plans new Southern Gateway Masterplan - have your say!


Draft Southern Gateway Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - Public Consultation: July - August 10th 2017


Chichester District Council has prepared a Draft Southern Gateway Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for consultation. This is being undertaken in accordance with Regulations 12 & 13 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.


The draft masterplan sets out a range of different land uses for a number of key development sites within the Southern Gateway area. It also provides design guidance for those sites. The proposals in the masterplan will provide opportunities to bring development forward, to coordinate that development and to improve the public realm, particularly in the area around the railway station, leading up to South Street and the main city centre shopping area.


The consultation period runs from 9.00am Thursday 29 June 2017 until Thursday 10 August 2017. Representations should arrive no later than 5.00pm on 10 August 2017. Anonymous comments or comments received outside these dates will not be accepted.




The Draft Southern Gateway SPD, together with relevant background information, can be viewed at the Council Offices at East Pallant House and Chichester Library, or on the Council website at


All responses will be publicly available, and identifiable by name and organisation (where applicable). Please note that any other personal information provided will be processed by Chichester District Council in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

How to make a representation


Comment on the document using our online consultation website:


Alternatively, you can email us directly at or write to us at: Planning Policy, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester PO19 1TY

Forthcoming Events




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16/06/2018 - Lavant Village Fete and Fun Dog Show - Saturday 16th June 2018


Put the date in your diary now for this year's village Fete. From 2pm on the Village Green and in the Memorial Hall.


Loads of fun for all the family: live music, pony rides, fun dog show, bouncy castle, games, competitions and stalls, BBQ, beer tent, teas. Don't forget the Grand Prize Draw. All in aid of local organisations.


31/08/2018 - Priory Park Centenary Celebrations


Improvement works have been carried out to Priory Park in Chichester ahead of this year's centenary celebrations. (See read more)


"We are very much looking forward to the Friends' programme of events to mark the park's centenary. We are also grateful to Natures Way Foods which has just come on board as the park sponsor - so a double celebration for Priory Park this year!"


Stephanie Jones, Business Insight and Communications Manager of Natures Way Foods, says: "We are pleased to be sponsoring Priory Park as it offers so many opportunities for people to come together and be part of their community. As a local company we know how important educating our young people is and we also recognise how vital it is for people to keep active, whatever their age. Parks offer a unique environment in which to do this."


For the centenary celebrations, a wide range of activities will be taking place through the year. In September, there will be a nine-day festival of activities which will mark 100 years to the day since the 7th Duke of Richmond gave the park to the people of Chichester, to honour those who had died in the First World War.


The first event takes place on April 24 and will be a talk about the park's history, called Priory Park 100: Romans, Roundheads and the Rolling Stones. The September programme will involve a wide range of activities to reflect the history and uses of the park over the years and include:


a historical re-enactment of the1642 siege of Chichester

a parachute jump

a vintage hockey match

poppy display

art and craft display

vintage game of bowls

a celebrity cricket match

display of classic Rolls-Royce cars

sky watching with South Downs Planetarium, and

the biggest Teddy Bear's picnic


Friends Chairman, Councillor Richard Plowman, says: "We are very pleased that our idea for the new railings has been completed. It really sets the park off well and is in good time for our Priory Park 100 celebrations.


"Generations of residents and visitors to the city have made Priory Park their own through a variety of activities and events that have taken place within its walls. We hope that our vibrant programme of events will offer something for everyone and as well as celebrating the park's history, will play their part in creating memories for the future."


People can find more information about the exciting programme of events at



The work has involved installing new railings which replace an old wooden fence which had deteriorated. The idea of new railings was raised several years ago by the Friends of Priory Park, a voluntary group set up to promote, conserve and protect the park.


The work has been funded with money from developer contributions known as Section 106. Historic England has also been involved in the planning stages of the project. The work has been completed ahead of the park's exciting centenary celebrations which are being organised by the Friends.


Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council, says: "As well as improving park security, the railings are also aesthetically pleasing and fit in with the heritage surroundings. Although some hard pruning has been carried out to allow the work to take place, the gaps in the vegetation will disappear over the coming seasons, aided by some extra plants.


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