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 The Albourne Neighbourhood Plan has successfully passed through its examination by an independent planning examiner, and has now been cleared for referendum by Mid Sussex District Council. THE REFERENDUM WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY, 1st SEPTEMBER 2016. All Albourne residents registered to vote will be receiving voting cards from MSDC later in the summer. On the day, please do turn out and vote, hopefully in support of the Plan. If you are going to be away, or cannot get to the polling station, you will be able to apply in due course to MSDC for a postal or proxy vote in the normal way. It is very important if the Plan is to have maximum effect in deciding future planning decisions in our Parish, for there to be a very high turn out. If you wish to view the final referendum version of the Plan, please click HERE



The referendum on the Albourne Neighbourhood Plan (NP) takes place on Thursday 1st September in the village hall.


The Parish Council would urge all residents to take part in the referendum and to vote yes in support of the proposal:

Do you want Mid Sussex District Council and South Downs National Park Authority to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Albourne Parish area to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

The Parish Council NP committee lead by Mick Gratton has worked hard on this plan over the past 3 years. There have been a number of public consultations but we are aware that some residents remain unclear concerning the plan. Attached is a brief summary covering the major points, in particular proposals concerning housing. The aim is to take our fair share of housing and to provide for a small amount of additional affordable housing without overwhelming the character of the village with larger add on estates.

If we do not achieve a majority vote in favour of the NP the village will become vulnerable to developers seeking to impose a higher volume of housing.

Attached is a one page summary of the Neighbourhood Plan.

The full length document can be accessed via the Albourne village web site or directly at:

Thank you

Meg Price

Chair Albourne Parish Council 



NEW Your Village Hall needs you!

There are two vacancies concerning the running of the Village Hall (VH) · A new co-opted member for the VH Management Committee · A Bookings Manager and Treasurer (this post attracts a small honorarium payment). If you are interested in either position please contact:

Mr Iain McLean; Parish Council Clerk at-

before the 1st September 2016.  

NEW: The Parish Council is delighted to have unanimously co-opted Jerry Butler back onto the Council at its meeting on 12th July 2016, so as to return to the full complement of seven Councillors. Jerry has previously served on the Parish Council, so he brings "ready made" knowledge and experience of the role. We very much welcome him back.

NEW:  The new owners of Pondtail Wood, opposite the Singing Hills Golf Club, have had a temporary stop notice placed on them by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), as they have been felling ancient trees and laying hardcore without any permission from the relevant Authorities, or even any application to do so. Please log in to the Albourne Community website at to find out how to support the SDNPA, and/or visit   

NEW: West Sussex County Council is consulting on some proposed changes to their household waste disposal plants "Council dumps" across the County. These could have some significant effects on opening times. Please see HERE and visit the link given in the letter for more information. The consultation ends on 12th June 2016.      

NEW - NEWS ABOUT TREE IN PLAYGROUND. Message from Parish Council Chairman. 

"Unfortunately, a survey undertaken by MSDC (Mid Sussex District Council) apparently showed that the tree was unsafe. Branches were liable to fall. The PC was not informed in advance of the work.The Parish Council will be seeking a meeting with MSDC to discuss how the playground could be updated, and what the tree could be replaced with."

Meg Price; Chair PC

NEW - VEHICLE SECURITY: Our local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) reminds Albourne residents to lock cars and vehicles securely, particularly if parked on a public road, and not to leave anything of value in them. In December, it has been reported that overnight, six cars were broken into and valuables stolen. Please be vigilant. 

NEW - NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE: The period for public consultation under Regulation 16, has now closed (on 7th January 2016). The responses are with Mid Sussex District Council, and can be accessed from their website, under the Neighbourhood Planning pages. However, the Plan is ready for the independent examination stage of the process, and MSDC in consultation with the Parish Council, will shorty be appointing the examiner to carry out this task. He or she will be looking to confirm that the Plan meets all the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012, and so can be put to a referendum of the electorate of the Parish of Albourne, hopefully in the spring.

If you wish to view previous updates and/or documents about the Neighbourhood Plan, please view the News Archive Page, or view the key documents as set out below:-

Submission Neighbourhood Plan HERE

Sustainability appraisal HERE

Consultation Statement HERE

Basic Conditions Statement HERE



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)