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Working to improve the local community

Welcome to the Cowfold Parish Council website.

This provides information on the Council and links to related documents, as well as a summary of local facilities and village activities.

If you want to contact the Council, please call the Parish Clerk, Jan Wright, on 01403 864806 or send her an email at

The Parish Council Ordinary Meetings are generally held in the Village Hall at 7:30pm on the second Monday of every month and are followed at 9:00pm with the monthly Planning Meeting.

The next meeting is on Monday 8th February 2021 and, in view of the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, will be conducted online via a Zoom video link.

Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan

(Consultation on New Evidence)

17/12/2020 – 11/02/2021)

Cowfold Parish Council has been preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

Horsham District Council has updated the evidence base regarding Heritage issues to support the submission of the draft Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan. It was considered appropriate to go out to consultation on new evidence (Background Papers 1-4 Dec 2020) to ensure stakeholders had an opportunity to comment on it.

If you have already made  comments on the previous Regulation 16 (23 March 2020 to Monday 25 May 2020) these will still be considered and passed onto the independent examiner in full.

This consultation is for 8 weeks from 5pm 17 December to midnight 11 February 2021.

To look at the Consultation Documents and find out how to make your comments, please click on the following link:

Re-opening of the Allmond Centre post COVID-19 closure

Following a detailed risk assessment by the Parish Council, it has been concluded that it is not possible or financially viable to ensure that the Community Area can be made COVID-19 Secure within the Government’s current guidelines. It will not, therefore, be possible to re-open the Area at the present time.

Also in line with Government guidelines, the Changing Rooms will remain closed.

The situation will be reviewed at the beginning of September 2020.

For further information, please contact the Parish Clerk, Jan Wright.

Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan – Current Status

Cowfold’s Draft Plan was submitted on 31 January 2020.

The plan was out for Consultation from 23 March until the 25 May 2020.

The process is now the responsibility of HDC. An issue has arisen relating to a Heritage matter, which is under discussion between the relevant bodies. Until this has been resolved the plan cannot proceed to the next stage, which is Examination by an Independent Public Examiner.

Here is a link to the Draft Plan.

All of the supporting documentation can be viewed on a separate website,

An overview of the overall process is provided in the Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan page.

Regulation 18 Draft Local Plan Consultation

Map centred on Cowfold showing proposed development site at Buck Barn and Mayfield site. Local Parish Councils, including Cowfold, are actively opposing proposals for two major housing developments in our area:

  • Mayfield, a new market town, consisting of 7,000 dwellings in open countryside in Shermanbury, Woodmancote and Henfield
  •  The proposed development of 3,500 dwellings by Thakeham Homes at Buck Barn, West Grinstead

Horsham District Council is “required” by Government to provide for an unprecedented increase in the number of homes in the District and both of the above proposals have been included as viable options for consideration in the Council’s new Draft Local Plan.

Either development represents a major threat to our way of life!

The Draft Plan was open for consultation until 30th March 2020 but the deadline for comments has now passed.

More details on the two proposed developments can be found below………

Local Parish Councils object to the proposed development  of 3,500 new dwellings at Buck Barn

Image showing logos of West Grinstead, Nuthurst and Cowfold Parish Councils.The Parish Councils of West Grinstead, Cowfold and Nuthurst have taken the unusual step of writing jointly to officers and elected members of Horsham District Council to stress our communities’ opposition to the proposed development of 3,500 dwellings by Thakeham Homes becoming part of the District’s Strategic Plan. Here is link to a copy of the Parish Councils Joint Letter of Objection.

Cowfold Parish Council has written a separate letter to Cabinet Members of the District Council and the Strategic Planning team to reinforce its objections to the proposal and emphasise the specific concerns of our village. Follow the link to access the Cowfold Letter of Objection.

Local Parish Councils Say No to 7,000 New Houses

The Inter Parish Group (IPG), representing the Parishes of Albourne, Ashurst, Bolney, Bramber, Cowfold, Fulking, Hassocks, Henfield, Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common, Newtimber, Poynings, Pycombe , Shermanbury, Twining, Upper Beeding, West Grinstead and Woodmancote, is objecting to a development of 7,000 new houses proposed by Mayfield Market Towns.

You are invited to have your say before 31 March 2020.

You can find more information at or by reading:

Flyer objecting to Mayfield option in HDC Local Plan.

Graphic with the outline of a car and an electric plug above, representing an electric car.West Sussex County Council’s Electric Vehicle Strategy 2019 to 2030

West Sussex County Council has published its electric vehicle strategy for the period from 2019 to 2030.

The vision for the County is that, when residents travel by car and small van, they choose ultra-low emission vehicles, and travel in a carbon neutral way.

To achieve this vision, WSCC has three highly ambitious aims:

  1. At least 70% of all new cars in the county to be electric by 2030.
  2. There is sufficient charging infrastructure in place to support the vehicles predicted to be reliant on public infrastructure to charge.
  3. Ensure that there is a renewable energy source for all charging points on County Council land or highway.

More details are given in the  WSCC Electric Vehicle Strategy document or are available on the WSCC website.

Photograph of the Cowfold SurgeryNews from Cowfold Surgery – we have a new GP!!

 It has been an eventful 18 months at Cowfold Surgery…. The wonderful Dr John Darcy retired in July 2018, having been a much loved Cowfold GP since 1988.

This September saw the retirement of Dr Meera Smethurst after 29 years working as a GP in Cowfold. She will be greatly missed by her patients and colleagues alike; we thank her for the care, compassion and support she gave to all.

We appreciate there has been change and uncertainty over recent months, and we thank our locum GPs who have been working with us, our fantastic Practice team, and for the words of support we have received from our patients.

We are, however, very pleased to welcome Dr Dave Murphy, who will be working Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and who will be taking over Dr Smethurst’s list of registered patients. A little from Dave below….

Hello, I have been a GP in Mid Sussex for the last 14 years. I have an interest in Cardiology and Respiratory medicine, as this was my background outside of work. Out of work, I’m a keen cook, cyclist and have a busy family life with two young boys. I look forward to working with all the team at Cowfold, who have all made me feel very welcome, and attempting to fill Dr Smethurst’s rather large shoes!

Doctors Katie Carter, Lucy Webb & David Murphy