12 March 2021 – On behalf of Artemis Land & Agriculture (“Artemis”), DLBP, the planning and development adviser, has launched a second Public Consultation following the initial consultation which closed in January. This precedes a planning application to be submitted in the near future for the regeneration of Crouchlands Farm through its Whole Farm Plan.

Thank you to everyone who provided comments during the first consultation.

Since that consultation, we have continued to progress the design of the proposal and this has included incorporating the comments received where possible and undertaking further technical work on matters such as landscape, traffic, parking, ecology, noise and light pollution. This progress has informed the development of more detailed plans for the proposal, and we are pleased to now be able to share these with you. The website – https://www.dominiclawsonbespokeplanning.com/crouchlandsfarm2 – will be available to view until Friday 26 March 2021.

The proposal seeks to regenerate Crouchlands Farm through focusing on the three key tenets of enterprise, environment and education. Specifically, the proposal includes high welfare, low impact and low intensity farming activity, mixed use rural diversification development, rural food and bespoke retail opportunities, educational facilities, and the development of a competition-standard equestrian centre and a range of leisure uses, including glamping.

On the relevant part of the DLBP website, which the link above will take you to, there is a form to enable you to submit any comments or questions. A letter about the second Public Consultation is also being mailed out to local residents around Crouchlands Farm.

Separately from this Whole Farm Plan proposal, we have responded to the consultations on the emerging Plaistow and Ifold Neighbourhood Plan with our very early ideas regarding a modest residential scheme to the north of the farm, and we have also been engaging in Chichester District Council’s emerging Local Plan consultation process. To repeat what we reported in the first consultation, if residential development were to be proposed in the future, it would be subject to a separate and extensive public consultation.

Note: The illustrations in sequence are of the proposed Rural Enterprise Centre, Equestrian Centre and Cookery School.

Anthony Fairbanks Weston, Chairman of Artemis, comments: “We are pleased, as part of this second consultation, to provide more detail on our plans to regenerate Crouchlands Farm with our Whole Farm Plan. We have taken on board the comments made in the first consultation and our plans now reflect a great deal more technical work on every aspect of our proposal, including landscape, transport, ecology, trees and employment, particularly around sustainability and biodiversity.

“To reiterate, the plans have a number of elements that are designed to meet demand for locally produced goods and services while adding positively to the very special ecological features of the Farm. As before, we very much hope that local residents will embrace the proposal and we would welcome your thoughts, observations and questions in this second round of consultation.”