Welcome to the Laverstock & Ford Communities Neighbourhood Plan Website

Shaping the Future of Laverstock and Ford Parish

Laverstock and Ford Parish Council has embarked on the production of a Neighbourhood Plan. This is a very real commitment to the future, backed by central government community legislation (the Localism Act 2011). It follows on from the Parish Plan which has been in place since 2009 and has successfully encouraged and guided many improvements in our area during a period of significant growth. Its scope is more limited than the Parish Plan, since it is required to focus primarily on land use and development, but within this area it has more legal weight in planning decisions within the parish. This website forms part of the community engagement essential to informing residents of progress and gathering their views on and input to the Plan.

Our Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development of our parish through to 2036. It will contain a vision, aim and objectives, development planning policies, and proposals for improving the area, specifically addressing the issues of landscape and green space preservation, community infrastructure and protection of the environment. It is subject to examination by an independent examiner appointed by Wiltshire Council and a referendum involving all of the parish. Once agreed and “made” it will form part of the Wiltshire Development Plan. This means that Wiltshire Council, or planning inspectors, will have to take account of the Neighbourhood Plan when making decisions concerning planning applications or appeals in the neighbourhood area.

Whitebridge Spinney by the River Bourne at Laverstock

Landscape Sensitivity Survey

Feedback from our community consultation events and questionnaires (see below) indicated the widespread appreciation of the semi-rural character of the parish and concern that further housing or commercial development could seriously compromise its landscape. We therefore commissioned a study by a professional landscape architect of the sensitivity of the parish landscape to further development. This will form part of the Neighbourhood Plan. It is an extensive document, the executive summary of which can be read here. The full report in low resolution (12MB) is here and in high resolution (63MB) here. The high resolution version is required to see all detail in the photographs and illustrations. The methodology used in this study can be found here.

Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaires

A residents’ questionnaire was circulated during September 2019 in paper and digital form to all households in the parish. The responses have been analysed and can be read here . A business questionnaire was circulated in October 2019 to all business premises in the parish and an analysis of the responses can be read here. A youth questionnaire was conducted with local schools in early 2020 and an analysis of the responses can be read here. A questionnaire was also circulated to all major landowners. The results of all of these will feed into the draft of the Neighbourhood Plan which we plan to have ready for discussion in the coming months.

Statement on Access to Old Sarum Airfield

Following the circulation of the Resident’s Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire, Old Sarum Airfield Limited have asked us to make the following points clear on access to the airfield.

“Old Sarum Airfield is a commercial operation on private land and access is only open to those invited or authorised by the owners of the airfield. The airfield property provides no rights of public access and any unauthorised access is trespass, with unauthorised incursion into the licenced aerodrome being a criminal offence. The airfield property is fenced to prevent unauthorised access and we take significant steps to remove those persons who enter the property unlawfully as they create danger to themselves and others including authorised users”.

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Documents & Resources

Documents used in the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan can be found here.

Latest Documents

5 Neighbourhood Planning Guidance

16th February 2021

4 Wiltshire Council Policy Documents

16th February 2021

3 National Policy Documents

16th February 2021

2 Supporting Evidence

16th February 2021

1 Draft Neighbourhood Plan and Appendices

16th February 2021


Airfield Planning Application

16th July 2019
On July 11 2019 the planning appeal for the airfield development was refused. See the Ford Community page for details.


Castle Hill Country Park

2nd April 2021
The initial establishment phase of the park was completed in late 2020 and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust will soon be looking after its continuing ecological development. A volunteer group led by the Trust will be established when the current Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. Details will be posted when available.