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 Welcome to the Washington Parish Council Website

Welcome to our new website, which is fully compliant with the latest accessibility requirements for the public sector.

The Parish of Washington, West Sussex, comprises two wards, served by eleven parish councillors, within the area administered by Horsham District Council. The village lies at the foot of the South Downs escarpment, with large parts of it set within a conservation area. Heath Common sits adjacent to National Trust land at Warren Hill and Sullington Warren, and has been designated an area of special character through the Heath Common Design Statement, adopted by Horsham District Council in 2018.

Washington ward has five councillors and incorporates Washington village, the A24 down to North Farm, Old London Rd, Montpelier Gardens, Spring Gardens, Rock Rd (East) and the A283 as far West as (and including) Millford Grange.

Heath Common ward has six councillors, and includes “The Lanes” – Hampers, Sanctuary, Georges, Bracken etc, together with Newhouse Lane, Merrywood Lane (part), Tudor Village, Rock Rd (West), Muttons Lane and Thakeham Copse.

In this website, you can find full information on Parish Councillors, meeting dates, agendas and minutes, plus up to date news on items affecting the parish..

You may also use the “Contact Us” form to communicate directly with the Parish Council. The Clerk’s contact details and hours of work are also made available.

11 December 2023
Washington Village Memorial Hall, School Lane, Washington RH20 4AP Monday 7:30 pm View Details
08 January 2024

Parish Council Meeting

Washington Village Memorial Hall, School Lane, Washington RH20 4AP Monday 7:30 pm View Details

Council challenge

(Poplar Cottage, originally from Washington, is now
an exhibit at the Weald and Downland Museum
Click on the picture to go to their site)

Latest Parish News

Gatwick Airport Northern Runway Project: Last chance to have your say


October 2023
Gatwick Airport's Major Expansion Plans: Last chance to have your say

Last chance to register your views before 29th October 2023

Have your say on Gatwick Airport’s application to government for a second runway – before the deadline of Sunday 29th October.

A summary of the plans is set out in the Non Technical Summary on the Planning Inspectorate's website.

The application is following the Development Consent Order process as set out in the Planning Act 2008. This means it is being assessed by the government’s Planning Inspectorate (PINS) who will then advise the Secretary of State for Transport on whether to grant or refuse the application, including associated conditions. PINS have six months to carry out its examination once the process starts, expected to be in the next month or so.  Anyone can register as an Interested Party for the DCO examination

Consultation responses to the proposals from the following can be viewed on the links below:

West Sussex County Council at: and Adequacy of Consultation Representation on the PINS website

Horsham District Council: Gatwick Airport Northern Runway Project (NRP) Summer 2022 Consultation, the 2021 Statutory Consultation on the HDC website and the Adequacy of Consultation Representation on the PINS website.

South Downs National Park Authority: Adequacy of Consultation Representation on the PINS website

GACC (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign) latest information and responses to the Gatwick proposals at:

Sussex Wildlife Trust: Gatwick Airport Northern Runway Project Summer 2023 Consultation on the Sussex Wildlife Trust's website.

RAMPION 2 Windfarm Expansion Plans: Last Chance to Have Your Say


September 2023
RAMPION 2 - Last Chance to Have Your Say

Last Chance to register your views before 6th November 2023

An application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the Rampion 2 project has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). Proposals include an inshore cable corridor through the middle of Washington parish and its village.

Register now to have your say before the closing date on Monday 6th November 2023 at 11.59pm via the following link on the PINS Rampion 2 web pages at:

Rampion 2 Offshore Wind Farm | National Infrastructure Planning (

The above includes details on the registration process and access to the DCO application documents*. Give a short summary of the issues that you think are important - there will be an opportunity to expand on this later in the process if you want to. Here is a link on the Parish Council's website for its own registration which highlights key issues for the parish at: Washington Parish Council Relevant Registration as an Interested Party for Rampion 2 DCO Application 2023 .A similar separate registration has been made by the Parish Council as Trustee for the Recreation Ground charity because it has a land interest in the proposals.

Local MP Andrew Griffith has expressed serious concerns about the project and its impact on local communities and the environment. View more about the MP's campaign on his website at:

PLEASE- it is really important that you do register and say something now to give the Planning Inspectorate an idea of the strength of feelings locally, but also so that they understand the key issues they need to return to in detail later on. If you wish to make representations in writing, a hard copy of the form is available from PINS by telephoning them on 0303 444 5000. Post completed forms quoting the application reference EN010117 to the Planning Inspectorate, National Infrastructure Directorate, Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

The examination process is expected to take six months, and a final decision on whether consent will be granted will be made by the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero by early 2025.


*Electronic copies of the application materials can also be inspected on computers accessible to the public at a number of libraries from 20th September to 1st November 2023. See full list and contact numbers to check opening times, in the table below:

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