Welcome to the Old Sarum & Longhedge Community Homepage
The old Roman road called the Portway runs from the Old Sarum monument through the original Old Sarum settlement on its way to ancient Winchester. Alongside today is one of two surviving, working World War 1 grass airfields with a grade III listed Belfast hangar, adjacent to the more recent industrial units providing local employment opportunities.
We estimate that there are currently 1,250 homes in Old Sarum and Longhedge just a little more than 30% of the total estimated 3,900 homes in Laverstock and Ford parish.
Much of the growth in housing in Old Sarum and Longhedge has come in the last ten years. Therefore it will not be a surprise to find that there were significantly fewer houses in Old Sarum and Longhedge at the census in 2011, with just less than 400. There has been a three-fold growth in 7 years! The addition of the Coop store was a much needed local facility.
Short Term Future
Will growth continue? Just based upon the build and sale of houses with existing planning permission the projected number of households in Old Sarum and Longhedge will grow to 1,650 homes in 2021: Old Sarum and Longhedge in 2021 will represent almost 40% of the number of households in the parish (projected at 4,300). However, there are currently moves by the developers of both Old Sarum and Longhedge to redesignate some of the land which was originally reserved for commercial use for additional housing – perhaps as many as 250.
The installation of the footpaths between Longhedge and Old Sarum in 2019 will be a very welcome event for the many parents and children making the journey to the Old Sarum primary school – soon to be a safe walk rather than a car journey. The Longhedge village centre is expected soon with shops and a cafe. The lack of a GP surgery in either development, despite one being promised in Old Sarum, is, however, a great disappointment, and needs to be reconsidered, along with a pharmacy.
As reported on the home page, the results of the Residents’ Survey conducted in autumn 2019 are now available. In addition to the report for the whole parish, one specific to the responses from this community can be found here (the link will download a Powerpoint file).