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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 October 2016

Crouchland Farm Ltd

You may be aware that Crouchland Farms Ltd have submitted a planning application to Chichester District Council (CDC) for the following:-

Re: PS/16/02841/FUL Proposed demolition of existing farm building and construction of a dairy unit with associated infrastructure, access and replacement of workers’ accommodation. Crouchland Farm, Rickmans Lane, Plaistow.


The scale of the scheme is enormous with a building structure of 11 500 m2 covering a 7acre green field immediately to the east of the existing farm yard and AD facility. The scheme is to house 550 dairy cows year round. Further development is proposed to redevelop the existing cow sheds for 750 followers. All feed and bedding for the cattle will be brought to the farm by HGV and tractor and trailer. This is in addition to the operation of the AD facility and export of digestate by HGV.

The scheme also allows for workers’ accommodation and 241m2 of office accommodation under a B1 light industrial use.

The Parish Council has resolved to object to the scheme on the following grounds, a full copy of the letter to Chichester District can be downloaded by clicking this link:  Parish Council letter of response

1) The scale and mass of the proposed structure would have a major impact on the landscape and rural character of the area.

2) Increase in HGV and other vehicle movements and the cumulative impact with the current AD facility operation and the proposed enlarged AD facility, subject to Appeal.

3) Impact on residential amenity, from noise odour and vehicle movements, which have been inaccurately assessed in the application

4) Damage to the natural environment The application would adversely impact on the protected and rare species and would have a detrimental effect on the adjacent Ancient Woodland

5) Waste disposal. Increase of processing of waste and associated vehicle movements.

6) Agricultural Assessment. A Business Plan, to justify proposals and ensure their validity, has not been provided.

7) Consideration of the application is premature application and should not be determined until the outcome of the pending appeals are known on the AD facility.


The full application details may be viewed on CDC website under 'view and comment on Planning applications' (if accessing using the planning application number remove PS/ )


Should you wish to comment on the application then you may do so on the website or by writing to Claire Coles, Planning Officer, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester PO19 1TY or e-mailing dcplanning@chichester.gov.uk . Use the reference number above. Comments must be submitted by 17th October 2016


Crouchland Biogas Ltd


Enforcement and Planning Appeal CDC ref: (APP/L3815/C/15/3133237; APP/L3815/C/15/3133236; APP/P3800/W/15/3134445.)


You will probably be aware that a decision was made by the Planning Inspectorate following a Hearing in May on the matter of the Certificate of Lawfulness. The Planning Inspector determined that the planning consents granted in 2007, 2008 and 2011 only permitted an on farm AD facility ancillary to the farm and that material for the AD could not be imported. The Inspector found that the export of gas was lawful, but that not all the gas processing equipment was permitted.

The Appeal on the enforcement and planning is to be heard next year 25th April to 4th May Crouchland Biogas Ltd. have appealed both the refusal of the retrospective planning application, for the enlarged development of the AD facility and the two enforcement notices, subsequently issued by Chichester District Council. Both these appeals will now be heard by the Independent Planning Inspectorate at an Inquiry. When we have further details regarding making representation to the Planning Inspectorate we will advise you.

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.