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    Lavant village lies in the heart of West Sussex within

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Welcome to 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 Development 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.

Coronavirus - Lavant Support Group

Lavant Parish Council has been working with Lavant Churches to enable support to those who need it during this challenging time. As restrictions are slowly being lifted, and the number of contacts being made having reduced to zero over the most recent weeks, it has been agreed to withdraw the dedicated phone number and email contact points. However, if requirements demand it in the future, the local group will be put back into operation.

Please continue to look at the up-to-date advice from Public Health England about staying well and safe.

Thank you to everyone who offered to help support others whilst this group has been operating.

Emergency notice
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08 December 2020

Full Parish Council Meeting

Tuesday 7:00 pm View Details

History, Charm & Community Spirit

Latest Parish News

Michael Burton Gates Installed


October 2020
Village  Gate

A triumph for the Village!

After many years of waiting working in partnership with West Sussex and Cappagh contractors.

Thank you to the two employees who worked very hard and professionally.

Michael Burton Gates stand proud at the entrance to the Village.

October 2020 

Raughmere Meadows - Berkeley Homes V Lavant Parish Council

Raughmere Meadow - Lavant Road


October 2020
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Planning Application Ref: 20/02675/OUT

Field South of Raughmere Drive – Strategic Gap

Property Developers Berkeley Strategic Land Ltd have submitted a planning application to Chichester District Council to build 140 houses on the field south of Raughmere Drive (locally known as the Daffodil Field) and forming the Strategic Gap between Lavant and Chichester.

Lavant Parish Council are not supporting this application and will be submitting objections on behalf of the Parish Council. You are also invited to submit your individual comments prior to the closing date on 26 November 2020 via:

· Chichester District Council’s website selecting >Development>Planning Applications>Comment or Search on a Planning Application, then click on View Planning Applications and type the following reference details in the dialogue box: Either: Field South of Raughmere Drive Lavant West Sussex (NB: no punctuation), or, Ref: 20/02675/OUT

· Alternatively submit in writing addressed to the Planning Department, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, Chichester PO19 1TY for the attention of Jane Thatcher

or by email:

You will also be able to view comments made on line by other interested parties.

To assist with your comments the following facts may be useful:

· The application site has consistently been rejected for housing development by the Chichester District Council and at the subsequent Inquiry. The current application is larger than previously rejected and no material changes to the circumstances have been made in the intervening period.

· Chichester District Council discounted this site for development in their Housing & Economic Land Availability Assessment which identifies a future supply of suitable land available and achievable for housing and economic development over the plan period up to 2037.

· This site is not a sustainable location for development which is a key policy requirement and would result in severe and irrevocable damage to the landscape, countryside, character of the Strategic Gap and coalescence of Lavant and Chichester.

· It conflicts with planning policy nationally and locally and is therefore wholly inappropriate. The area is designated as rural under Section 157 of the Housing Act 1985.

· There is no need for a manufactured landscape which is referred to as a “Country Park”. It is far too small for such accreditation. The field borders 608 square miles of the SNDP. This is a suburban solution applied to a rural site.

We hope this is helpful but if you require any further information please contact our Parish Clerk on 07547 10712 or via email on

Susan Ings & Louise Tucker

Lavant Parish Council - Planning Meadow

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