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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

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

A draft of the Neighbourhood Plan has now been completed and agreed by the Parish Council. The next step is to consult with all residents and other stakeholders in the Parish to comply with the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012. Details of the consultation will be published here shortly, together with a copy of the Draft Plan and supporting documents on the Documents and Resources page..

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.

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

1 Draft Neighbourhood Plan and Appendices

1st May 2021

2 Supporting Evidence

20th February 2021

3 National Policy Documents

19th February 2021

4 Wiltshire Council Policy Documents

18th February 2021

5 Neighbourhood Planning Guidance

16th February 2021

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

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.