The Parish Council has set up this designated web page to keep the community informed regarding the redevelopment proposals and planning applications in relation to the Crouchlands Farm site. 

On 26th November 2019, the Parish Council facilitated a public meeting at which Artemis Land and Agriculture Ltd presented their plans for the Crouchlands Farm site.

A recording of this meeting, along with the presentation banners displayed around the Winterton Hall, are available on the Parish Council's website here.

Artemis Land and Agriculture Ltd have submitted the below documents to Chichester District Council (CDC) as part of the Local Plan Review (LPR): -

Whole Farm Plan

On 5th July 2022, the Parish Council received the following letter from Artemis Land and Agriculture Ltd: -

The 'Whole Farm Plan' was considered by the Local Planning Authority (LPA) (CDC) in 2021 for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Opinion. The LPA concluded: -

"This assessment has considered the nature, scale and location of the proposal and the particular environmental conditions of the site and surroundings. Overall, it is considered that the proposal does constitute EIA development and will require the submission of an Environmental Statement (ES) with any planning application. The critical issues expected to be addressed in an ES would be:

- the impact of the development on biodiversity and protected species and designated sites

- the impact on integrity on the Arun Valley SPA, SAC and Ramsar resulting from water extraction

-the impact with regard to pollution, the risk of major accidents and the risks to human health

- the impact from traffic generation, noise and air quality

- the impact from lighting"

The full details of this application can be found on CDC's website

21/00545/EIA|Screening opinion - commercial and high welfare, low impact and low intensity farming activity, the gradual development of a rural enterprise centre, a rural food and retail centre, equestrian centre, and glamping site.|Crouchlands Farm Rickmans Lane Plaistow Billingshurst West Sussex RH14 0LE

The LPA has validated the submitted 'Whole Farm Plan' planning application. The planning application has now been published and is available for public scrutiny and comment via CDC's website.

22/01735/FULEIA|Regeneration of Crouchlands Farm, comprising demolition of selected buildings, extension, refurbishment and remodelling of selected buildings and the erection of new buildings to provide up to a total of 17,169 sq m (including retained / refurbished existing buildings) comprising the existing farm hub (sui generis), a rural enterprise centre (Use Classes E, C1 and F1), a rural food and retail centre (Use Class E and F1), an equestrian centre (Use Class F2 and C1) and a glamping site (Use Class E and sui generis); provision of new hardstanding, pedestrian, cycle and vehicular access, circulation and parking, landscaping including new tree planting, maintenance and improvements to the Public Rights of Way, site infrastructure and ground remodelling.|Crouchlands Farm Rickmans Lane Plaistow Billingshurst West Sussex RH14 0LE

The Planning Officer who is considering this application has advised the Parish Council as follows: -

  • The current consultation date is 16 August
  • Various parties have requested extensions to this time, which given the amount of information, and the time of year, is reasonable
  • Obviously the sooner that the comments come in the sooner that the applicant has an opportunity to respond to them
  • You should be aware that the 16 week target for the determination period is 02/11/22
  • It is possible that, once the consultation responses from consultees are received, that additional information will be requested from the applicant. If that is the case then I would formally reconsult.

The Parish Council is a Statutory Consultee within the planning process i.e., an organisation, defined by statute, which the LPA is legally required to consult before reaching a decision on relevant planning applications. The Parish Council will formally consider this planning application at a public planning meeting - date to be confirmed.

Details of the Parish Council's Planning meetings, which will consider Crouchlands Farm planning applications, will be published on this webpage as well as Facebook and the four notice boards within the Parish.

On 28th April 2021, the Parish Council resolved to instruct planning and transport experts to assist the Council in ensuring that the plans for the site are in keeping with the area and bring about positive change (C/21/075).

The Parish Council has experience instructing and working with SW Transport Planning Ltd and Temple Group. On 13th July 2022, the Council resolved to appoint a Planning Working Group to support the Planning Committee and full Council in relation to large-scale and complex planning applications. The Planning Working Group was officially constituted at a public meeting of the Planning and Open Spaces Committee on 3rd August 2022.  

The following Letters of Instruction have been sent to SW Transport Planning Ltd and Temple Group: -

Rickman's Green Village

Please note, NO planning application(s) have been submitted to the LPA in relation to this proposal.

The following letter was received by the Parish Council regarding the proposals for a 'Rickman's Green Village' at the Crouchlands Farm site: -

Letter to PC regarding Rickman's Green Village
Letter to PC regarding Rickman's Green Village

In the interest of transparency, public accountability and fairness, the Parish Council declined Artemis Land and Agriculture Ltd's invitation for a meeting.

The minutes of the Parish Council's meeting at which DLBP Ltd, on behalf of Artemis Land and Agriculture Ltd, presented the proposals for the Rickman's Green Village can be found on the Parish Council's website here.

Local residents received this letter: -

A public consultation drop-in exhibition regarding these proposals was held on 12th July, between 2pm - 7pm at Crouchlands Farm, Rickman's Lane.