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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 – Current Situation and Next Steps

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan and its appendices were agreed by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group in February 2021 and endorsed, with some amendments, by the Parish Council at their meeting in March.

The statutory 8 week public consultation on the Draft Plan ran from May 10th until July 2nd. This involved ensuring that businesses, organisations and landowners in the parish, together with more than 20 public bodies, and of course all of our residents, had the opportunity to view the documents and provide their comments, and included two online question and answer sessions. Thank you to everyone who provided comments or attended the Q&As.

The next step is to review all comments received and to agree any necessary amendments to the draft and appendices with the Parish Council. A final version of the Plan and appendices will then be sent to Wiltshire Council for examination, together with two other documents, one detailing the consultations which have supported their preparation and another showing that the policies in the Plan are consistent with national and Wiltshire council planning policies and neighbourhood planning legislation. If Wiltshire Council are happy with the documents they will then be examined by an independent inspector and when he or she approves them, a referendum on the Plan will be held in the parish by Wiltshire Council. Providing there is a simple majority in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan, it will be adopted by Wiltshire Council and must then be considered in any planning decision which affects the parish.

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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.