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

Regulation 18 Draft Local Plan Consultation

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.

This is now open for consultation but the deadline for comments is getting very close:

5pm on 30 March 2020

Either development represents a major threat to our way of life – so don’t miss your chance to have your say before it’s too late!

Responses can be submitted online at:

Or write to: Horsham District Council Planning Department, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1RL

(Note that each family member can send  in a separate response.)

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

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. You can read a copy of the letter here.

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. A copy of the letter is here.

More information can be found at or here.

Cowfold Parish Council has prepared a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). The Plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies, which will  be used to determine planning applications locally. In accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 (as amended), the NDP and associated documents will go out to consultation (from 5pm Monday 23rd March – midnight on Monday 18th May 2020) for 8 weeks inviting representations on the draft submission plan, basic conditions  statement, consultation statement and the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). Supporting Background Papers are for information purposes only.

Copies of the Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are available to view on the Horsham District Council’s website:

Hard copies of the documentation are available upon prior request for inspection at:

  • Horsham District Council offices; Parkside, Chart Way, North Street, Horsham, RH12 lRL between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Please email to make an appointment to view the plan. Or alternatively you can view the plan at:
  • Cowfold Village Hall, Bolney Rd, Cowfold, RH13 8AA

With the current COVID-19 crisis the availability and access to Cowfold Village Hall will be dependent on further government advice. With the consent of the Parish Council it was agreed that should you want to view the plan at Cowfold Village Hall, please contact the following: Jason Bailey on 07951133551 or email: to make an appointment. Please ensure you take the necessary precautions and follow government advice regarding hand hygiene and social distancing.

All comments must be received by midnight on Monday 18 May 2020.

There are a number of ways to make your comments:

  1. Please use the above web address to make your representation online; or
  2. Complete this form and email it to:; or
  3. Print this form and post it to: Neighbourhood Planning Officer, Horsham Council, Parkside, Chart Way, North Street, Horsham, RH12 lRL.

All comments will be publicly available and identifiable by name and (where applicable) organisation. Please note that any other personal information provided will be processed by Horsham District Council in line with the Data Protection Act 1998 and General Data Protection Regulations. Horsham District Council will process your details in relation to the preparation of this document only. For further information please see the Council’s privacy policy:

To access the Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation Information, please click the following button:


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.

The detailed strategy document can be accessed here or on the WSCC website.

News 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