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Planning Application – WSCC/057/16/WH – The erection of a solar farm comprising photovoltaic ground mounted panels, transformers, Distribution Network Operator Building and pole mounted CCTV cameras.  Former Westhampnett Landfill Site, Coach Road, Westhampnett, West Sussex, PO19 7RT

Please be advised at the request of the Chairman Planning Committee the meeting of 29 November 2016 will now be subject to a live webcast.  Items 5 and 6 on the agenda will be available to view live via the Internet at this address:  For your information, Item 5 is application WSCC/057/16/WH Former Westhampnett Landfill Site.


An updated Agenda, reflecting this change, is now available on our website at:


Yours faithfully,


Tracey Guinea

Democratic Services Officer





We have reached the end of Stage 3 of 7 in the Preparation of Proposals.







Between: 10.00 am and 12 noon.




If you are unable to attend on the 5th, the proposals will be posted on the Parish website after the 

5th November and Facebook


Please email any comments that you have about the proposals to the Parish Clerk, G.C.Burt:




2015-16 Accounts


Electors' Meeting 
14 March 2016


Pension Notice


Westhampnett Bypass Archaeology

Researchers from the University of Leicester have recently been undertaking some study into the archaeological archive created as a result of the building of the Westhampentt Bypass in the early 1990s. Follow this link to a short article by Andrew Fitzpatrick for Chichetster's Novium Museum explaining the work they are undertaking.


Options for the A27 around Chichester and Westhampnett.


How much would you pay for policing in Sussex?

One of the responsibilities of Police and Crime Commissioners is to set the budget for policing.

A small proportion of the cost of policing is paid from your council tax with the rest coming directly from Government. This local council tax element is called the precept, which I set each year following close consultation with local taxpayers.

As your PCC in Sussex, I have to consider the Chief Constable’s operational policing plan and determine whether the amount you pay for policing locally should stay the same or rise to allow investment in key areas.

I have launched a public consultation to find out if local taxpayers would be prepared to pay an additional amount next year, per household, to enable me to invest directly in two areas that the Chief Constable has highlighted as priorities for policing:

1. Protecting children and vulnerable adults in Sussex from exploitation and abuse.

2. Digital forensic capability to retrieve, analyse and store information held on computers, mobiles and tablets.

You can find out more about these investment proposals and have your say in the public consultation here:

I hope you will complete the short online survey and encourage your networks to have their say in the consultation as well. Your feedback is important to me - thank you for taking the time to tell me what you think.

The consultation will remain open until Friday 8 January 2016. Once it has closed I am duty-bound to inform the Sussex Police and Crime Panel of my considerations. This decision will be reviewed by the Panel on Friday 22 January 2016.

Best wishes

Katy Bourne

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

Posted 04/11/2015


Notice of conclusion of audit and right to inspect the Annual Return for the year ended 31 March 2015

See Transparency Code


July Newsletter 


Click here


The March Church of England School Travel Plan

 - Your views are needed please!

We are currently reviewing the existing School Travel Plan.  Our main goals are:

  • Reduce congestion and relieve parking issues around the school to make school drop off and collection easier and safer for all;
  • Encourage active travel, where possible, for the health and well-being of children.

As you are no doubt aware the parking at drop off and pick times causes the school, families and neighbours great concern regarding safety, so we are constantly looking for ways in which we can improve the situation. It is not easy, and we need your help and understanding to improve the sometimes dangerous behaviours and situations along Claypit Lane.

We appreciate that the parking space we have is limited and difficult so we have been considering a number of ideas to try and limit car usage and provide some alternatives and ensure the school areas are safe. In considering how to develop the travel ideas we have put together a small survey to gauge your views on some options and possible take up if we are to go ahead with one or more of the options.

If you live close to the school please let us have your views via this simple survey:  click here ( Closing date 30 June 2015

What is happening now?

“Bike It” in the March – the scheme encourages and helps children and families consider cycling and scooting, whether it is cycling to school, scooting to a friend’s house or exploring the great outdoors.

Junior Road Safety Officer Scheme - JRSO is an excellent way to engage with pupils and encourage them to be involved in their school and local community. Besides promoting road safety it enables them to participate in the development and maintenance of a school travel plan.

The ‘Living Streets’ Walk Once a Week (WoW) scheme - WOW encourages pupils and parents to walk all or part of the way to school.

Gary Rustell, via

Posted 12/06/2015


Westhampnett Parish Council

Notice of Appointment of Date for the Exercise of Electors' Rights

Accounts for Year Ended 31 March 2015





Election of Parish Councillors for Westhampnett


Thursday 7 May 2015


I, being the Returning Officer at the above election, report that the persons whose names appear below were duly elected Parish Councillors for Westhampnett.



Name of Candidate

Home Address

Description (if any)


Sharon Marie

1 Furze Close, Westhampnett, Chichester, PO18 0SW



Westerton House, Westerton, West Sussex, PO18 0PF



Starlings Roost, 33 Madgwick Lane, Westhampnett, Chichester, W.Sussex, PO18 0NR



Winterfold, 15 Westerton Lane, Westerton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PG


Claire Helen Louise

31 Old Arundel Road, Westhampnett



5 Tilemakers Close, Westhampnett, Chichester, W.Sussex, PO18 0RN

Dated Monday 13 April 2015

Diane Shepherd

Returning Officer

Printed and published by the Returning Officer, East Pallant House, East Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TY 


Ideas for spending money sought!

Chichester District Council currently makes available a sum of money to parishes where new houses have been built.

Called the New Homes Bonus (NHB) it was an initiative started by the government to incentivise planning authorities to allow more homes to be built.

Paid each year for 6 years, it’s based on the amount of extra Council Tax revenue raised for new-build homes, conversions and long-term empty homes brought back into use. There is also an extra payment for providing affordable homes.

The government pay to the planning authorities this money, which is designed to be spent on suitable projects in the area where this development has taken place.

So, what has this got to do with Westhampnett we hear you ask?  Well, for the past two years, we have been successful in getting the parish’s allocation ring-fenced towards the new Village Hall, for sound and lighting equipment and also for fitting out the kitchen. 

This year, the Parish has been allocated £9,634 and we want to hear your thoughts on suitable projects.  Ideally, they should be for one-off capital projects for amenities or equipment that benefit the whole community.  Suggestions so far include new swings at Westerton play area, a seat in the bus shelter at Maudlin, and a new ride on mower for the village volunteers.  If you have any ideas, please drop an e-mail to the clerk

Please let us have your ideas by the 30th June 2015.

Posted 17/03/2015

School Wins Award
Well done to our very own March School in Claypitt Lane, for winning the readers' vote in the 2014 Observer Community Awards for Best School, presented last night at a ceremony in Butlins, hosted by TV personality Fred Dinenage. Congratulations to all the staff, parents and children.
Posted 16/12/2014

Take Action if you want Superfast Broadband in Westhampnett


The Chichester exchange was enabled for Superfast Broadband 31st December 2012 and in some areas of Westhampnett, residents will still not be able to receive an improved broadband service.


There are a number of steps that you must take if you want this situation to change. This issue will not be resolved quickly if the demand is not known by the relevant decision makers.


The Communications Department of West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has responsibility for the project to bring better, faster broadband to West Sussex.  They have an online form, on the link below, that they are using to measure demand in the county.


According to a report on their site, they have only received 9 responses about broadband from the Westhampnett parish.  You need to register in order to demonstrate that the parish wants to have a better service from technology providers


You should also contact WSCC switchboard, 01243 777100 and ask for the communications Department.  They can check your postcode and confirm if you are in an intervention area to receive public funding to build the necessary infrastructure to deliver Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband services


Lastly you should keep pressure on BT Openreach directly by registering on their website


If you want to find further information about broadband in West Sussex visit and sign up for updates.


If we all act, then together we can make a difference.

Chichester District Local Plan


Chichester District provides a unique and rich experience to those who choose to live here or visit our many attractions. From the “jewel in the crown” of a city centre, with its stunning cathedral; nationally recognised cultural offer; and thriving retail opportunities to the sweeping downs and breath-taking coastline. Visitors and residents alike benefit from the unique overtures of our district.


The Local Plan seeks to protect this environment and focuses on building upon the success we have experienced, ensuring that our communities are developed to retain local young people and deliver the facilities required to support both our existing and new communities as they grow. It is the elements we want to protect which constrain our ability to grow and develop. These often unique characteristics are an intrinsic element of our heritage and by protecting these we are ensuring that they will be enjoyed for many generations to come.


The Local Plan (formerly the Local Development Framework) is the document that sets out how we will shape future development in the District, excluding the area within the South Downs National Park, up to 2029.


It includes information on where development will go, contains policies against which planning applications will be assessed, and sets the overall development needs for the district by balancing the need to attract investment, with the protection of important nature designations, buildings and the wellbeing of local communities. It also contains housing targets and potential site allocations to deliver these targets


The Local Plan Key Policies Preferred Approach will shape the way we live in the district over the next fifteen years. We would like you to help with its creation. Consultation on the draft document will take place in the next few weeks. Further information will be provided on our website nearer the time.


Key Dates


March - April 2013

  • Public consultation on the Local Plan Preferred Approach – Key Policies


October – November 2013

  • Public consultation on the Pre-Submission Local Plan


It is intended to submit the Local Plan to the Secretary of State in March 2014. This leads to the start of the public examination of the Local Plan. It is intended to adopt the Local Plan in October 2014.


For more information about the emerging Local Plan or to receive automatic notification of future consultations and planning policy documents, please visit our website, email or telephone 01243 534571.

The Parish Council's responses to the two planning applications for the Maudlin Nursery site:


Love West Sussex


Love West Sussex is a new way for you to report issues and concerns in your area, directly to highways officers. Use WSCC smartphone app or Love West Sussex website to report issues such as:

  • potholes;
  • damaged, dirty or missing signs;
  • cracked, broken or uneven paving slabs; or
  • weather related conditions such as fallen trees and flooding.


Link to the WSCC website where the smartphone app can be downloaded is here