Lavant Parish Council


Lavant is a rural parish with an electorate of approximately 1600 in 750 households and at present a precept of £21,695. The parish is just north of Chichester on either side of the A286 Midhurst Road.


Further details of the component parts of this village and its facilities can be found in the Village Plan. The community is a vibrant one served well by its pubs, restaurants, schools, churches and above all, its Village Hall - The Lavant Memorial Hall. The closeness of Goodwood adds to the activities in the parish.


Lavant is to be found in a beautiful part of West Sussex and yet is within easy reach of major urban centres on the coast from Brighton to Southampton. The close proximity of Chichester means access to both mainline trains and buses with direct links to Gatwick Airport and London, Brighton and Portsmouth and also across country to the West, the Midlands and the North.


Parishioners can, of course, use the varied commercial, leisure and entertainment facilities of Chichester with ease. The coast is also very close to Bosham and the Chichester Harbour area, the Witterings, Selsey and Bognor Regis.



Sunday 8th October - half marathon

Chichester Half Marathon Sunday 8th October


SDNPA "Take the lead" campaign for Dog owners


See the South Downs Take the Lead poster


Latest News


11/10/2017 - DRAFT BYELAW FOR LAVANT PARISH - Have your say


Lavant Parish Council has updated its byelaws (governing do's and don't's on Parish Land - play area, village green, Hall car park).

To read the document and have your say, please click here Comments before November 10th 2017 please.


28/09/2017 - A27 - CDC votes to wait for next round of funding after 2020....


Media Release - CDC Date of Release: 28 September 2017 Ref: 3750


Councillors opt for further community involvement on A27 improvement scheme


Following a major debate on the way forward, Chichester District councillors have voted over-whelmingly to allow more time to find a solution to the A27 that works for the whole community.


A special council meeting took place yesterday to consider a letter dated 6 September 2017 from Highways England to Gillian Keegan MP. The letter essentially outlines two possible approaches for taking forward a scheme to improve the A27 at Chichester:



A special council meeting took place yesterday to consider a letter dated 6 September 2017 from Highways England to Gillian Keegan MP. The letter essentially outlines two possible approaches for taking forward a scheme to improve the A27 at Chichester:


The options discussed were:


- Road Investment Strategy 1 (2015 to 2020): this requires a route announcement before the end of September and which in all likelihood would be option 2 from the 2016 consultation, or a variation of it.


- Road Investment Strategy 2 (2020 to 2025): this allows more time for active community engagement around possible alternatives. The risk would be that other national schemes may take priority and the project is not included in RIS 2. If the project is included work is unlikely to begin before 2023.


Councillors opted overwhelmingly for Road Investment Strategy 2.


Councillor Tony Dignum says: "It is important that much-needed improvements are carried out to the A27, but it is absolutely vital that the scheme chosen is the right one, and is supported by the people who live and work in this area as well as the district and county councils.


"Although the funding would be available if we voted for RIS 1, the tight deadline for feedback would provide very little opportunity for meaningful local input. This is why we have voted for the second approach. This will give us more time to work with residents, county and Highways England to agree a route as part of the RIS 2.


"Work on the improvement scheme will not start until after 2020, but it's better that we have the extra time to find a solution that has widespread support. Highways England has said that the extra time will be beneficial and that active community engagement generally delivers better results for users, the community and the environment.


"Although there is the risk that funding for any agreed scheme will not be available in the second Road Investment Strategy, we feel that the benefits of the second approach outweigh the risks. I am confident that with the community working together, we will find a way forward."



26/09/2017 - South Downs Pre submission Local Development plan


The SDNPA's pre-submission plan is open for public consultation. For more information on how to comment click here


29/08/2017 - Chichester Road Space Audit - parking management


West Sussex County Council has reviewed how it develops parking schemes across the county and working in partnership with Chichester District Council, a pilot study has recently been undertaken in Chichester. This more progressive approach towards parking management, known as a Road Space Audit (RSA) has tried to determine if there are other ways for the County Council and its partners to consider existing and future parking demands.


The RSA is designed to be an enabling study that complements existing statutory plans and emerging studies in respect of transport infrastructure, parking policy and spatial planning, such as 'A Vision for Chichester'.







County Councillors and officers at West Sussex County Council are now keen to ascertain whether members of the public are in support of the broad themes raised within the RSA and if these fit in with their aspirations on what they would like Chichester, the place, to be in the future. Please note that as yet, nothing has been decided and further discussions will take place pending the outcome of this consultation exercise.


Below is a link to the RSA consultation page, which includes the RSA document (a full and summarised version) as well as an online survey. Please do take the time to complete the survey and do also share it with any colleagues, friends and members of your particular organisation. The consultation runs until the end of October.


Thank you and we look forward to hearing your views.


04/08/2017 - Is your child starting school in September 2018? Read on....


Apply online at

Applications can be made between 2 October 2017 and 15 January 2018

Special rules apply for house movers until 15 February 2018

The Information for Parents booklet will be available on our website from 2 October 2017

Further information is available by ringing 03330 142 903


Applications made after the closing date cannot be considered until all on-time applications have been processed. This may mean it is not possible to offer a child a place at a local school. We would therefore be grateful if you could help actively encourage all parents to apply by the closing date.





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CDC plans new Southern Gateway Masterplan - have your say!


Draft Southern Gateway Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - Public Consultation: July - August 10th 2017


Chichester District Council has prepared a Draft Southern Gateway Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for consultation. This is being undertaken in accordance with Regulations 12 & 13 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.


The draft masterplan sets out a range of different land uses for a number of key development sites within the Southern Gateway area. It also provides design guidance for those sites. The proposals in the masterplan will provide opportunities to bring development forward, to coordinate that development and to improve the public realm, particularly in the area around the railway station, leading up to South Street and the main city centre shopping area.


The consultation period runs from 9.00am Thursday 29 June 2017 until Thursday 10 August 2017. Representations should arrive no later than 5.00pm on 10 August 2017. Anonymous comments or comments received outside these dates will not be accepted.




The Draft Southern Gateway SPD, together with relevant background information, can be viewed at the Council Offices at East Pallant House and Chichester Library, or on the Council website at


All responses will be publicly available, and identifiable by name and organisation (where applicable). Please note that any other personal information provided will be processed by Chichester District Council in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

How to make a representation


Comment on the document using our online consultation website:


Alternatively, you can email us directly at or write to us at: Planning Policy, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester PO19 1TY

Forthcoming Events


20/07/2017 - Chichester Warm Homes scheme will continue helping vulnerable residents this winter


Low income households across Chichester District who are worried about how to heat their home, either because they have inefficient central heating or none at all, can now receive help.


Chichester District Council's Warm Homes Initiative can provide financial assistance for an energy efficient heating system for the whole house and thermal insulation. The resident doesn't need to pay anything up front, the cost is repaid when the house gets sold, whenever that may be.



"We really want to encourage residents whose boiler has broken down or who have no central heating at all to come forward and take advantage of this offer," says Councillor Jane Kilby, Cabinet Member for Housing at Chichester District Council. "Winter can be a challenging time for residents in our district who are on lower incomes. When your boiler breaks down this can become a full-blown crisis and for people in cold homes, a boiler breakdown can be a real problem as it typically costs £2,000 to replace. Living in a cold home without hot water can have a severe effect on your health and wellbeing."


Chichester District has double the national average for the number of homes experiencing excess cold. To tackle this, the council decided to invest more than £300,000 in as part of the Chichester Warm Homes Initiative.


For more information and to apply, residents should contact the Chichester Wellbeing Team on 01243 521041 and ask to speak to their energy advisors, Jo Williamson or Emma Pagett.


29/08/2017 - Advance warning cycle event 22nd October through Lavant


A non competitive event will pass through Lavant all day. For further information call:


UK Cycling Events

01425 653372



09/10/2017 - Space-themed sleepover this half-term at The Novium Museum


Children will be able to sleep beneath the stars at a Tim Peake themed sleepover this half term. The Novium Museum in Chichester is hosting the sleepover on Saturday 28 October from 7pm until 8am, to coincide with the nationwide "Museums at Night" festival.


The "Museums at Night" festival invites all museums, galleries and heritage sites to open their doors after hours twice a year and showcase their treasures in unexpected ways.


The Tim Peake sleepover will give children the chance to take part in a torch-lit treasure hunt, build their own rockets and enjoy a themed bedtime story before settling down for the night.


The sleepover is suitable for children aged 7-11, who must be accompanied by an adult. It costs £25 per person and can be booked by calling 01243 775888 or online through Chichester Box Office

"This is a great opportunity for children to enjoy a sleepover in the museum, while learning about Tim Peake's amazing mission", says Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council.




"We are proud to be supporting Museums at Night, which gives children the opportunity to learn about history in a unique and exciting way. As a museum we regularly organise special sleepovers because we know how much children enjoy them.


"Our Tim Peake exhibition has already attracted over 45,000 visitors and so we are sure that there will be many aspiring astronauts out there who would love to join us at this special event."


This half-term The Novium Museum will also be holding a Paper Making craft session for children on Wednesday 25 October 11am-2pm. This session will cost £3 per child and can be booked by calling 01243 775888 or online through Chichester Box Office

To find out more about The Novium Museum and its activities, please visit

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