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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 contains 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 will be 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

Current Situation

The draft neighbourhood plan was amended following the Regulation 14 public consultation in mid 2021 and was endorsed by the Parish Council in December. It has now been submitted to Wiltshire Council for examination. The first step of this was a further (Regulation 16) public consultation during which comments could be made on the latest version of the documents. This was completed on April 11th 2022 and the draft plan and any comments received by Wiltshire Council during the consultation have been passed to an independent examiner.

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan documents submitted to Wiltshire Council can be found on the Documents page of this website.

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

LATEST COMMUNITY NEWS

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.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Castle Hill Country Park

14th August 2021
The infrastructure and planting to turn what was until recently a mix of building site and neglected farmland into managed parkland is now mostly in place. Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is setting up a volunteer group to help maintain and further develop it. See Bishopdown Farm page for details.