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Planter installation complete!

Some of you may have noticed that the installation of our first 7 planters is now complete. These were funded by a Chichester District Council grant which the Parish Council applied for and successfully received at the end of last year. The ongoing pandemic has delayed the project but we hope you think they are worth the wait – we certainly do!

They are part of a larger project to help create a more rural feel as you enter and drive through the village, which in turn is a proven way of reducing vehicle speeds. The next element of the project, also grant funded, involves improving directional signs to make them more in keeping with our surroundings and also to introduce traditional finger-pointers. We expect this element to be implemented during 2022.

Made from corten steel, the planters were chosen in order to create consistency with the identity created by the South Downs National Park.

Planter installation complete!2021-11-11T19:14:56+00:00

Current Egmont Road Planning Application for 20 Dwellings Withdrawn

Recreation Ground and Allotment Gardens, Egmont Road, Easebourne
Erection of 20 dwellings with access, parking and landscaping following demolition and site preparation
The above planning action has been withdrawn by Metis Homes.
Metis Homes had been advised that should they have chosen to pursue the current application, the report prepared for the SDNP Planning Committee by the Planning Officer, would have recommended refusal of the application.
The letter from the Planning Officer to Metis Homes, detailed the reasons for the refusal recommendation.  Metis Homes will now need to consider these reasons which must be reflected within any future development design submission, for this site.
Current Egmont Road Planning Application for 20 Dwellings Withdrawn2021-11-09T16:33:23+00:00

New planter installations

In July 2020 the Parish Council made a successful application to Chichester District Council for funds to install some Corten planters in the village. The planters have been selected to be consistent with the materials used by the SDNPA across the National Park, to enhance the appearance of the village and also to encourage motorists to reduce their speed. Plants have been selected to be low maintenance, provide year round interest and colour.

The installation of 7 planters begins today, Monday 8th November and will last until Wednesday this week. We expect minimal disruption but please be aware of the work taking place on the corner of Wheelbarrow Castle and Easebourne Lane, the Hollist Lane/Dodsley Lane junction and the entrance to Riverbank surgery.


New planter installations2021-11-08T08:39:14+00:00

Free home energy event to help residents reduce energy bills and cut the carbon produced by their homes


Chichester District Council is running a special event for district homeowners looking to make their homes more energy efficient and find out more about renewable energy. The event takes place on Monday 29 November 2021, 2pm until 4.15pm at Chichester College.

Taking inspiration from the COP26 global summit on climate change and in line with the council’s commitment to helping to reduce carbon emissions in the district, this free event will show residents how they can do more to reduce their carbon footprint and save money by implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in the home.

A range of home energy experts will present on the different measures and renewable technologies available, as well as various grants and schemes that can help make these more affordable. The speakers will also discuss ways in which people can make their homes more energy efficient which can help them save money on their energy bills. After hearing from the experts, people will be given the opportunity to speak to them directly and ask questions.

Independent expert, Paul Ciniglio, Refurbishment Lead at the National Energy Foundation, a not-for-profit charity, will be the main speaker at the event. Paul has decades of experience with whole house retrofits, installing heat pumps and other technologies in the home. More speakers will be announced nearer the time.

“We know that many of our residents and businesses will be feeling inspired by COP26 to make changes to their lifestyles — big or small — and the home is a great place to start,” says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services at Chichester District Council. “If you’d like to cut carbon in your home and have questions about solar panels, air source heat pumps, insulation or other energy efficiency options, I would encourage you to come along to this event to find out more.

“The event will bring together a range of experts who will cover the most talked about technologies of the moment and will give advice on the range of grants available to help implement these.”

The event, ‘Cut costs, cut carbon from your home’, will be held in the conference hall at Chichester College on Monday 29 November 2021 from 2pm until 4.15pm. It is free to attend but tickets must be booked in advance at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/energy-efficiency-and-renewable-energy-in-the-home-tickets-196443486757.

Seating will be spaced further apart than normal to aid social distancing, and attendees will be asked to wear face coverings when moving around the building.

People are encouraged to travel to the event by low carbon means where they can — Chichester College is a five minute walk from Chichester train and bus stations, and there are also bike racks on campus. Anyone intending to park on the college campus must submit their vehicle registration details by 4pm on 26 November. Instructions on how to do this are given on the Eventbrite web page.

Penny adds: “This event is part of a behavioural change campaign to let residents know about the various ways they can make their homes more energy efficient— some of these steps are small and simple, but when we all act together, they make a big difference. Some changes people can make include: making sure radiators aren’t covered or blocked by furniture so that heat can get into the room; draught proofing letterboxes, keyholes and chimneys; insulating the loft, walls and flooring, as well as hot water tanks and pipes; switching off lights and electrical goods when not in use, and; running the washing machine with full loads at 30 degrees on short cycles.

“This is one of the many actions we are taking to help tackle climate change in our area. Last year, the council produced a Climate Emergency Action Plan, which sets out a carbon reduction target of 10% year-on-year until 2025 for the Chichester District. This target was set for both the council and for the whole of the district. This plan also outlines our commitment to reducing greenhouse gases in the work that we do, and great progress has already been made.”

For more information about the work the council is doing to help tackle climate change in the district and for details of how individuals, businesses and organisations can play their part too, please visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/climatechange


Free home energy event to help residents reduce energy bills and cut the carbon produced by their homes2021-11-02T07:58:57+00:00

Three Developments – Paper copies available to view plus more time to comment

Please find below an update we have received from Naomi Langford, the Major Projects Officer at South Downs National Park Authority regarding the 4 planning applications within the village.

“Paper copies of all documents for the new applications are now available to view at the South Downs Centre in the Public Access Room. No booking required, just turn up during reception opening times (listed on our website here South Downs Centre – South Downs National Park Authority) This is my only public copy so please don’t remove anything!

I’m aware the original deadline for public comments is up so I am able to extend this until 8th October to allow viewing of the paper documents as well as more time to consider the details on the file as I appreciate these are quite large and there are 4 of them at once.

I am also aware that there is some local concern that letters are not appearing on the file. Due to additional processing requirements for handwritten letters which require scanning etc these can take a few days to appear online. We are taking in all forms of comment so please bear with us.”

Kind regards,


Naomi Langford
Major Projects Officer
South Downs National Park Authority

Three Developments – Paper copies available to view plus more time to comment2021-09-23T10:15:10+01:00

Three Planning Sites Leaflet – Incorrect Link to South Downs National Park Website

Please be aware that the leaflet delivered regarding the three Planning Sites within Easebourne, gives an incorrect link to the planning part of the South Downs National Park Website for which we apologise.

Please Use:


Thank you

Three Planning Sites Leaflet – Incorrect Link to South Downs National Park Website2021-09-14T19:04:01+01:00

Tomorrow, Saturday 11th and it’s Green Volunteer time!

The Midhurst Green Volunteers are back in the village tomorrow, Saturday 11th September, meeting from 8am at the corner of Dodsley Grove and Dodsley Lane, near the entrance to the Rotherfield Sports ground. The task will be to cut back the summers growth along High Path. The session is usually finished by 10.30.

Last week the lack of volunteers from the village was again disappointing, so sadly this could be the last time the volunteers tackle High Path. If as a village we can’t generate more help for them then we will need to rely on the annual cut from CDC. At times this might make the path quite difficult to use.

If you can spare a few hours to help ensure your village carries on looking it’s best, please come along and join in. All equipment is provided, just bring your own gloves!

For more information please visit www.midhurstgreenvolunteers.org.uk or email our parish clerk.

Tomorrow, Saturday 11th and it’s Green Volunteer time!2021-09-10T14:56:03+01:00

Three Village Planning Applications Now Submitted

Full planning applications for the three Cowdray & Metis Homes sites within the village have now been validated by the South Downs National Park Authority. These sites have been allocated for development within the adopted Local Plan.

The three sites come under four separate planning applications, Cowdray Works Yard, Egmont Road and Former Primary School (which includes a separate listed building application):

Reference Number SDNP/21/04042/LIS, (listed building application) Easebourne Primary School, Easebourne Street for the which the closing date for comments directly to SDNPA is 21st September 2021

Reference Number SDNP/21/04041/FUL, Easebourne Primary School, Easebourne Street for the which the closing date for comments directly to SDNPA is 28th September 2021

Reference Number SDNP/21/04040/FUL, Cowdray Works Yard, Easebourne for which the closing date for comments directly to SDNPA is 28th September 2021

Reference Number SDNP/21/04043/FUL, Recreation Ground and Allotment Gardens, Egmont Road for which the closing date for comments directly to SDNPA is 28th September 2021

The online applications can be viewed here by entering the reference numbers above:


Easebourne Parish Council will also be submitting comments, and should you wish to share your comments with the Parish Council regarding any of the four applications, you can do so by emailing parishclerk@easebourne.org or writing to:

Parish Clerk, Easebourne Parish Council, 1 Pennicott Road, Bersted, PO21 5AY by 30th September 2021

The Parish Council will be holding its usual Planning Committee meeting at 7.30pm on 6th October 2021 at Easebourne Primary School, Wheelbarrow Castle, Easebourne, at which these applications will be discussed.

Ten minutes will be available at the start of the meeting for members of the public to speak on any of the planning applications listed on the agenda, which will include these four applications. If you wish to speak, you may have two minutes only, and must register with the Parish Clerk on the above email address, the five slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Three Village Planning Applications Now Submitted2021-09-14T10:04:16+01:00
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