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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:

Our Next Meeting

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, the Annual General Meeting, was scheduled to be held online via a Zoom video link on Monday 10th May 2021. This has now been delayed until Monday 17th May 2021, in order to investigate the possibility of returning to a face-to-face format whilst still operating within the Government’s COVID-19 guidelines. More information will be provided shortly.

Greening Cowfold

Greening Cowfold is a new initiative brought to you by Cowfold Parish Council and Cowfold Horticultural Society.

We are set up to help Cowfold become a more sustainable, biodiverse and healthy place to live. We want to work with all the organisations and businesses in Cowfold. So if you, or anyone you know, would like to plant trees, help Cowfold homes become greener or get involved in any way – we’d love your help. Please get in touch by emailing us at

Here is a link to our first newsletter:

Please take a look and do forward this it to anyone else who might be interested – thank you!

If you missed our Plant a Mini Meadow launch project, here is a link to the poster promoting this.

Plant a Mini Wildflower Meadow Poster


Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan

The Submission version of the Cowfold Neighbourhood Development Plan, which can be viewed at   CNP_Submission_Plan_Final_.pdf, has been submitted by Horsham District Council for independent Examination.

The Examiner’s report has now been published and can be viewed at:

HDC published the full Regulation 16 documentation including all feedback and the Clarification Note from the Public Examiner in early March 2021.

Our response to the Examiner’s Clarification Note was sent by HDC to the Examiner on Wednesday 17 March 2021. This can be reviewed here:


The full documentation can be examined here:

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

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.

Grants available to businesses to alleviate the financial impact of the COVID pandemic

HDC has received a number of sums of money from central Government for grants to businesses to alleviate in part the financial issues caused by various lockdowns and shutdown measures as a result of the pandemic.

The issue in our District is that, despite a number of businesses applying for grants, it is believed that there are others that are not availing themselves of the possible grants. Some businesses may think that this help does not apply to them but it may, in one way or another.

If you are a small business that has not applied for a grant, please check out what support is still available on the Council’s website at:

Follow the Countryside Code!

Our local farmers and other rural businesses are pleased to see people out enjoying the countryside but have sometimes been negatively affected by irresponsible behaviour. Some of this is often due to a lack of awareness and the following poster is useful in explaining the basics.

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.