Herstmonceux Parish Council

Serving the people of Herstmonceux Parish

Clerk: Clare Harrison
The Parish Office, 4 The Old
Forge, Gardner Street
Herstmonceux, East Sussex
BN27 4LG

Tel: 01323 833312

  • Herstmonceux Castle

  • Herstmonceux Observatory - Science Centre

  • Chapel Row triangle - photo credit Steve Slade

  • Herstmonceux Village Hall

  • Herstmonceux Village Hall - WW1 Centenery Commemoration

  • Herstmonceux Village Entrance, Hailsham Road - photo credit Steve Slade

  • Herstmonceux Castle - Photo credit Steve Slade

  • Photo credit Steve Slade

  • Cattle at dusk

  • Fields


  • Dig for Victory exhibit 2018

  • All Saints Herstmonceux
  • Cowbeech Village - conservation area

  • Herstmonceux Village Sign - Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee

Herstmonceux Parish

The Parish of Herstmonceux is located in the south-eastern area of Wealden District within East Sussex. It is situated around the main A271 road which runs between Ninfield and Bexhill in the east and some 4 miles east of Hailsham in the west. Predominantly rural in nature, the parish contains the settlements of Herstmonceux, Cowbeech and Windmill Hill. There are a wide range of services and facilities which serve the local community.

The Parish enjoys a strong farming community; a world-famous castle and Bader International Study Centre; a self-funded, self-sustaining, modern Village Hall; a Village Information Centre; an award winning Integrative Health Surgery and vibrant community spirit with many voluntary organisations that reach out to all members of the Parish, including the most vulnerable.

Herstmonceux Parish Council provides your local services. The Parish Council has a strong relationship with its community partners and continues to seek ways to improve Council's accessibility for residents to participate in decision making.

We strive to make Herstmonceux a better place to live, work and play. Our website includes a wealth of information about how we conduct business and what we do. Use the search or browse the site to find whatever you are looking for. If you can't find the information you require then please contact us.

Herstmonceux Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Herstmonceux Parish are very proud of their Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan sets out the business plan aims and objectives for improvements to community services and facilities and sustainable development for the period of 2017 - 2027.

Background information, policy detail and all documents of the Herstmonceux Neighbourhood Plan can be found here.

Latest News

Planning Committee Meeting 28th January 2020

The meeting of the Planning Committee tomorrow night, will be held in the LOUNGE at the Village Hall. Please see the Council Meetings diary to find the agenda.

All welcome to attend.

Posted: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:27 by Clare Harrison

Planning applications at the Horseshoe Inn Site, Windmill Hill

The minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting 20th January 2020, at which the Parish Council's comments and observations on the application for the new Public House on the Horseshoe Inn site, are now available on this website on the Council Meetings page.

Also available is the Agenda for the extra Planning Committee Meeting on the 28th January 2020 at which the application for 10 new houses, WD/2019/2566/MAJ on the same site will be discussed. More »

The planning application papers for both are available in the VIC for anyone to come and view.

Please remember that you are all warmly invited to come along to any of the Council meetings. There is always a public speaking slot for anyone who wishes to speak about any item which is on that meeting agenda. » Less

Posted: Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:06 by Clare Harrison

New Planning Application for the Horseshoe Inn Site, Windmill Hill

New Planning Application for 10 new dwellings at the Horseshoe Inn, Windmill Hill

A new planning application for 10 new dwellings at the Horseshoe Inn site at Windmill Hill, toghether with associated access, carparking, amenity space, landscaping and bin/cycle storage has been submitted to the Local Planning Authority and received into the Parish Council for their submission of Comments and Observations. Council will agree their formal response at an extra Planning Committee meeting on the 28th January, small hall in the Herstmonceux Village Hall, 7.30pm. All parishioners are invited. More »

In addition to being on line through the Wealden District Council Planning Portal, (Application Number WD/2019/2566/MAJ ) the plans will also be available for viewing in the Village Information Centre for easy viewing access for all residents of the parish. » Less

Posted: Tue, 14 Jan 2020 12:59 by Clare Harrison