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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 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

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”.

Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire

The residents questionnaire was circulated during September in paper and digital form to all residents in the parish and has now closed. The responses will be analysed during the next two months. A business questionnaire has been circulated for return in October and a youth questionnaire is planned through local secondary schools in November. The results of all of these will feed into the draft of the Neighbourhood Plan which we plan to have ready for discussion early next year.

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Documents & Resources

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

Latest Documents

National Planning Policy Framework

12th May 2019

Wiltshire Council Core Strategy 2016

12th May 2019

Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap

20th March 2019

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

16th July 2019
With the recent appointment of the country park ranger there are opportunities to volunteer for working parties and join community events in the park. See the Bishopdown Farm Community Page for details,