Progress so far
Formed late in 2017 the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is made up of volunteer residents from the parish, including Parish Councillors. To date it has established a vision and objectives for the Neighbourhood Plan and established an overarching aim to “to preserve the character and sustainability of our semi-rural parish”. We have collected much background information on relevant planning policy, potential residential and commercial developments, census data etc. and feedback from residents on their current likes and dislikes concerning the parish. Analysis of this evidence has enabled the preparation of an outline plan which was used to guide the drafting of surveys for parish residents and other stakeholders. These surveys were in the form of paper and online questionnaires and were conducted in the autumn/winter of 2019/20. We had a good response to all the surveys. Links to the summaries of the surveys’ results can be found in the Supporting Evidence section of the Documents page and to the summaries of the residents questionnaire results at community area level on each community’s page. As a reminder the Laverstock and Ford Parish is made up of four community areas: Laverstock and Milford; Bishopdown Farm/Hampton Park/Riverdown Park; Ford; and Old Sarum/Longhedge. Detailed analysis of these survey responses has enabled a draft neighbourhood plan to be written, and also input to be given to Wiltshire Council in the drafting of their emerging Local Plan, which reflects residents’ and other stakeholders’ views. Following approval by the Parish Council, the draft neighbourhood plan was published for residents’ and other stakeholders’ comments between May 10th and July 2nd 2021, and virtual Q&A sessions were held on Zoom. All comments received were then reviewed and any necessary amendments made to the draft plan and appendices. The amended documents were agreed by the Steering Group and adopted by the Parish Council in December.
These versions of the Draft Plan and appendices were sent to Wiltshire Council in January 2022 to commence the examination process. These were accompanied by two further documents, one detailing the consultations which have supported their preparation (the Consultation Statement) and another showing that the policies in the Plan are consistent with national and Wiltshire council planning policies and neighbourhood planning legislation (the Basic Conditions Statement). Wiltshire Council have now indicated that the documents meet the requirements to go forward to examination. The first step in this process is a further (Regulation 16) public consultation during which any further comments can be submitted to Wiltshire Council. The draft Neighbourhood Plan will then be examined by an independent inspector who will be given any comments received and will check the Plan for legal compliance. When he or she approves them, following any necessary amendments, 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.
The Draft Neighbourhood Plan
The draft plan, including appendices and supporting documents were published for comment during the consultation period which ran until July 2nd 2021. All documents are on the Documents tab.
Find out more
We want to improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of Laverstock and Ford Parish. We want to do this with a maximum input from all those who live and/or work and/or use the amenities and services of the parish. In short, we want you to be part of it! If you would like to shape the future of Laverstock and Ford join us! Everyone has a contribution to make.
If you’d like to volunteer to become part of the Neighbourhood Plan Team (either as a member of the Steering Group or as a one off contributor) or suggest issues which the Neighbourhood Plan might address please see the Contact Us section.
Looking forward to hearing from you.