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Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council

The Parish Council has developed this website in order to provide information about the villages and the work of the Parish Council. We hope that it will provide a valuable source of information and will help you to become involved in a wide range of village activities. We welcome your comments and suggestions and are pleased to include news and information concerning the village and surrounding area. If you have any suggestions for additional information please let us know by emailing clerk@plaistowandifold.org.uk.


Plaistow and Ifold Parish comprises the four villages of Plaistow, Ifold, Durfold Wood and Shillinglee, with a combined population of  1900 in the 2011 census, enjoying a picturesque location on the West Sussex border.

Crouchland Biogas Appeal Update - CLICK HERE

Update on on Crouchland Farm and Crouchland Bio Gas Ltd January 2017

As reported to  the January  Parish  Council meeting, the Planning Inquiry  will be  held  from 25th April to 4th May at  Brinsbury Agricultural College between  Billingshurst and Pulborough.  Members of the public  can  attend and dates  and times will be  confirmed nearer the time.

The  Parish  Council  with  Kirdford Parish  Council  remains  a Rule 6 Party  and will be able to  make  formal  representation.  Currently  our Statement of Case is  being  prepared  with  the Parish Council Solicitors  and Barrister,  the closing  date  is  3rd February. 

In June last  year the Planning  Inspector made the following  Decision on the Lawful Use of the site, this  stated that the 2007 , 2008 and 2011 planning consents only  permitted an on-farm  AD ancillary  to  the farm operation  without import of material  from off the freehold farm but  allowed for the export of biogas. As a consequence of this Decision  Crouchland Biogas  Ltd have  revised the majority of their  documents to  reflect  this Decision and  have  now  proposed a new baseline  which will involve doubling their herd and importing large amounts of straw for those cows. This farm yard manure will then  be  used in  the permitted part of the AD to  generate biogas for  export.  CBG contend  that their proposed plan (that was refused planning consent in 2015 and forms the Appeal) will decrease traffic by 29% from the baseline.

The revised documents are numerous  and can  be  viewed on WSCC website http://buildings.westsussex.gov.uk/ePlanningOPS/loadFullDetails.do?aplId=1707   Click on the 'Post -decision' folders to the left hand side, to see their proposed new baseline.

The CBG revised documents have  only  been  received in the last  week and this  has made the  time frame to  comment  very  tight but  we are  aware of the considerable  length of time  the community have  waited for the matter to come to Inquiry and we do not want to delay  the matter any  further.

PINS  are not  permitting  receipt of any  further representation from the general  public or from the residents  group  PORE.  If you  are concerned that  the revisions make  a material  difference to  previous  representation you have made and  wish  to  contact  PINS  regarding  this  matter we suggest  you  contact the Officer Richard Vause  directly,   e:mail address   Richard.Vause@pins.gsi.gov.uk  quote ref: Crouchland Bio Gas Ltd Crouchland Farm Kirdford  conjoined appeals: APP/P3800/W/15/3134445, APP/L3815/C/15/3133236, APP/L3815/C/15/3133237

As stated above the Parish  Councils will be  making formal  representation and will take  part in the Inquiry.


Crouchland - New Community Telephone Number

Residents are requested to report issues or concerns about the Crouchland Biogas operation, such as noise, noxious gas, HGV movements, to the new 24-hour dedicated community number 01403 871504. Ask to speak to Paul Curtis, Group Operations Manager, or leave a message.