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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.


As you may now be aware, the Planning Inspector has reached her Decision and has dismissed the Appeals against enforcement action and refusal of planning consent. Therefore, the operation must cease its unlawful use within a month and remove all unauthorised equipment which does not have planning consent, including the large lagoon, within 18 months. The site may operate only with equipment that has planning consent and must be an on-farm operation with no import of material from off-farm. In other words, return to an AD operation ancillary to the farm use. The result of the Appeal Decision is in no small part down to the hard work of local residents and the Parish Councils in presenting such a comprehensive case and we should be proud of our achievement over the past 4 years. But this has come at a very large financial cost and has required an enormous fundraising effort from the community and Parish Council. Unfortunately, our application for costs was refused by the Inspector and the Parish Council still has a significant deficit in the order of £41,000 to meet the costs incurred and we will have to continue to fund raise.

We now wait to see whether the Administrators will seek to take the Decision to the High  Court; they  have  six weeks  in which  to  do  so.  But  this  can  only  be  on  the  basis of  a matter of the law where the Inspector erred in law in arriving at her Decision. 

Click on the link below to download the Decision Notice, for your information.