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AUDIT - ALBOURNE PARISH COUNCIL has now completed the Annual Governance and Accountability Return for the financial year 2021/22. The Certificate of Exemption has also been completed and submitted to the external auditor - see the Notice of Public Rights HERE. Please also see the Transparency Code page for all the relevant documents (Annual Governance and Accountability Return) and information for the 21/22 audit year, and for previous years.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING OF ELECTORS 2022 - Please note that this meeting will now take place on Tuesday, 24th May 2022 at 7.30 p.m. See HERE Despite the lifting of legal restrictions, it is not considered safe to hold a potentially large scale gathering in the Village Hall, so as for last year, the meeting will be held via the Zoom platform. The joining instructions will be with the Agenda, which will be published on 13th May 2022, and posted on the Meeting Dates, etc., page of this website.

DISTRICT PLAN REVIEW - Mid Sussex District Council has revealed a proposal for a major and significant housing development in Albourne. Please see the press release below. The development area is shown on the Plan attached HERE, and is intended to provide some 1,850 dwellings, along with some 9,000 square metres of employment space, and some retail. The review proposal is set to be considered by MSDC’s Housing, Planning and Economic Growth Scrutiny Committee on 19th January 2022, and then by the full Council on 9th February 2022, and you can view the papers at this link here. The matter is not scheduled to go out to formal consultation until mid February, but you can make your views known to your Parish Councillors, your MSDC Councillor, Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke, and your Mid Sussex MP, Mims Davies. Please note that the Scrutiny Commitee decided to pause the review (and therefore the proposed consultation), pending further work, and the outcome of any change to Goverment policy is known. MSDC has published a full statement on its website explaining their new position.

Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) prepares to consult on updated District Plan

MSDC will shortly consult on a draft updated District Plan to meet the government’s requirements.
The MSDC District Plan was adopted in 2018 and runs to 2031 and the Government requires that Plans must be updated every 5 years so that housing need is met, and policies remain relevant and effective. MSDC must adopt an updated District Plan by 2023 otherwise it will be considered out of date.

“Without an approved District Plan” Councillor Salisbury, MSDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, noted “we lose control over new planning applications and leave ourselves vulnerable to developers pursuing speculative housing developments”.

Legislation dictates that the District Plan must plan for 15 years from the date of its adoption meaning an updated plan in Mid Sussex will run from 2023 to 2038.  

Councillor Salisbury added, “The standard method for Housing Need as laid out in Government policy sets the required number of new homes in Mid Sussex up to 2038 at around 18,500. Of these about 11,500 are already planned for in the District Plan, the Site Allocatiosn DPD, and Neighbourhood Plans”.

“This means that the new Plan must identify sites to meet at least 7,000 new homes. The method for selecting sites to be allocated has been via a transparent and robust site selection process”.

Suject to Council agreement the Consultation period for the first stage of the updated District Plan will run from the 14 February to 28 March 2022. This will be widely advertised via social media activity, on the Council website and via email alerts.


ASIAN HORNETS -"While the Asian hornet poses no greater risk to human health than other wasps or hornets, we recognise the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies and other beneficial insects. "Please continue to look out for any Asian hornets and if you think you’ve spotted one, report your sighting through the Asian hornet app or online. "It is important to take care not to approach or disturb a nest. Asian hornets are not generally aggressive towards people but an exception to this is when they perceive a threat to their nest." Suspect sightings of Asian hornet should be reported:

·       via the ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ app via smartphone or by using online report form.

·       e-mail Please include a photograph if you can safely obtain one

Identification guides and more information are available and if you keep bees you should keep up to date with the latest situation on the sightings page and on BeeBase. There have been two confirmed sightings of Asian hornet in the UK during 2021. There have been a total of 21 confirmed sightings of Asian hornets since 2016. This figure includes a total of 12 nests, all of them were destroyed.

VILLAGE HALL - In line with the decision recently taken by the Villlage Hall Management Committee, CCTV has now been installed around the Village Hall in an effort to monitor and control anti-social activity in the area. The Parish Council has prepared a policy document relating to the use of the CCTV, and this can be found on the Governance documents page.

AUDIT - ALBOURNE PARISH COUNCIL - Further to the below, please now find the Notice of the Conclusion of the 2020/21 Audit HERE 

AUDIT - ALBOURNE PARISH COUNCIL has now completed the Annual Governance and Accountability Return for 2020/21. The Certificate of Exemption has also been completed and submitted to the external auditor - see the Notice of Public Rights HERE. Please also see the Transparency Code page for all the relevant documents and information for the 20/21 audit year, and for previous years.

HAZELDENS. Further to the item below, the appeal has now been determined, and the Planning Inspector has decided to allow the appeal. If you wish to view a copy of the extensive decision letter, please contact the Clerk. In essence the Inspector decided that the benefts of the development outweighed any harm. 

HAZELDENS, AND HORSHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT PLAN. The appeal for the develoment of the former Hazeldens Garden nursery site has now finished, and the result from the Planning Inspector is awaited. As a rule 6 party, the Parish Council played a big part in the appeal hearings, all of which were conducted remotely. Please see the News Archive page for the history of the planning application(s). Likewise, the Horsham District Plan review consultation, taking in the Mayfields market town proposal as one of the strategic sites being considered by HDC. 

A message from our Chairman, Councillor Graham Stafford-

The Parish Council is concerned about any vulnerable residents in the Village in the light of the current Coronavirus situation. We want to take the lead in being as helpful as we can, and being aware of anybody that may require help, should they find it necessary to self -isolate. Please let us know if you need help, or if you are aware of anyone who does. Should residents have to stay indoors, perhaps a phone call or a tap on their window to check their mental well being would let them know we (as Councillors and the wider Albourne community) are thinking of them and are here to help if required. With kind regards and keep healthy.

A message from West Sussex County Council Public Rights of Way (PROW)-  

"Please note WSCC has suspended the 15 month Inspection and Maintenance Cycle, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, and is currently only taking action on Public Rights of Way where reported issues require work to ensure public safety on the network. Should any enquiries received not be of this nature it will be logged so it can be prioritised and addressed in the future when normal working practices are resumed. We are currently reviewing when we can re-start inspections in line with government guidance and ask you for your patience in dealing with issues that arise. It is also important to note that our summer clearance programme for surface vegetation has now begun on selected paths and is running between the 1st June and mid-August.

At this time it is important to remind people that public footpaths are for use by the public on foot only and cycling on these routes is a trespass against the landowner. This unlawful use risks conflict on the paths themselves and considerable challenges for people trying to keep the necessary 2m apart whilst enjoying the countryside.

It is also important to note that landowners are responsible for any side vegetation encroaching onto the path and any structures on the PROW network, such as stiles and gates. If appropriate to do so please contact the landowner, if known, directly to make them aware of the issue but if not you can continue to report such issues by following the link below.

A final reminder is the need to ensure good hygiene when using the PROW network including regular hand washing along with social distancing in line with government advice."    

CLC MEETINGS: The next Central and South Mid Sussex County Local Committee is on Tuesday, [      ] at 7.00 p.m. Please see the Information page for further details or view poster HERE (when meetings are able to resume). 



Most people who are lucky to live in and around Albourne village see it as an idyllic place with its lovely rural setting yet close proximity to all the facilities required for day to day living. This is not to say, however, that there isn’t room for improvement. One area which causes problems for residents is the volume of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) traffic on the Henfield Road (B2116) which has increased in recent times. Concerns have been expressed about the physical presence and speed of these vehicles as well as the noise disturbance, vibration and pollution they cause. There are also safety concerns for the children who use the road on their way to and from the school as well as for other pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. Abourne Parish Council is committed to doing what it can to improve the situation and, with this end in mind, set up a working group to tackle the problem. To date this group has carried out traffic surveys, challenged WSCC over planning decisions, set up speed indication devices (SIDs) and held a series of meetings with Olus one of the major users of HGVs at the Firsland and Winterpick industrial sites. These meetings have resulted in voluntary speed restrictions through the village and some rerouting of HGVs to and from the sites. Most recently the group has prepared an application to WSCC for reduced speed limits and improved road signage. The Parish Council is also considering village gateways, which together with other changes, could have a traffic  calming impact. Your views on these and any other measures that could be taken to reduce the impact of HGVs in particular, and speeding traffic generally, would be welcome as would details of any road incidents or near misses involving vehicles. Please email the Parish Clerk at




Albourne, a small village with a population of about 600, is situated in the low Weald and Mid Sussex, just north of the South Downs. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The scattered village is rich in old and historical buildings. The old rectory and the original village school are in an idylic setting adjacent to Cutlers Brook, an alder-lined stream from which the village gets its name: 'Al' from alder and "bourne" - a small stream.

In the heart of the village is Woodbine Cottage, childhood home of James Starley, a pioneer maker and inventor of the differential gear used on early bicyles, whose success brought prosperity to the City of Coventry. For further information, please see the article HERE, which is reproduced with the kind permission of Sussex Living magazine. Both 'Gallops' and 'The Pound' are c17th century. The former, a timber-framed building, is perhaps the old building in the village, and the latter used to impound straying animals. Albourne Place, in Truslers Hill Lane, is a large mid-17th century former manor house where William Juxon, later Archbishop of Canterbury, lived following his imprisonment by Cromwell, reputedly for refusing to tell the secret of the last words of Charles 1 on the scaffold.


This website has been designed and constructed to provide what the Parish Council hope will be a valuable resource, especially to find out more about what is happening within the Council and the wider Albourne community.  As the site develops we hope it will become the local access point for information about the Parish Council and principal Local Authority Services and further advice on these services.  Our 'Useful Links' page contains a number of links to websites that will be of interest to a wide range of residents.
 We plan that it will be a further resource for community development and support through:

  • involving local people more in what is happening in the village;
  • improving communication;
  • engaging everyone in local issues, through providing you with more information.

All within the parish we hope will share views and create positive change in what might be a fast changing world for us in the coming years.

To find more information within the site, use the navigation buttons on the left hand side of each page.

We also intend through the website to help us increase our links with the community.  If you would like to advertise your event on the site, please contact us.

Parish Statistics

Population estimated 2012: 600
(information gathered from Mid Sussex District Council)