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Planning Applications
West Lavington Parish Council image Photograph courtesy Paul Rayner

Planning Matters

Wiltshire Council is responsible for making all final decisions on planning matters within the county. All existing and historical parish planning applications and related decisions are available from the Wiltshire Council Planning Portal and can be accessed from this link:


Applications for Planning Permission have to be submitted to the Planning Department at Wiltshire Council Offices where they are assessed for compliance under the current planning acts. If the application is straightforward it may be dealt with at officer level. If controversial it may be referred to the relevant Planning Committee. In extreme cases appeals procedures may be sought which are overseen by outside Planning Inspectors. Details are all outlined on the Wiltshire Council Planning Portal site.

In all cases the Council planning department has the statutory duty to consult fully with all relevant organisations and charities. For example Historic England, The campaign to protect rural England, the Bat Conservation Trust, The Highways Authority and many more including local Parish Councils.

The Parish Council have the opportunity to inspect and consider applications on the behalf of the community and make their recommendations to Wiltshire Council. Applications to be considered will appear on every Parish Council agenda as well as planning application decisions from the previous month.

Anyone can comment on any current planning application within the Consultation Period and parishioners are encouraged to do so on the Wiltshire Council Planning Portal and also at Parish Council meetings. The latter are held every first Thursday of the month at 7pm (with the exception of August) .

The agenda for the next meeting is available from the Download Library along with the Minutes from previous meetings.

Here are four key documents that underpin local planning applications

Dauntsey’s School recently created athletics’ track planning application 18/11759/VAR

Update 25th April 2019

The result of the Eastern Planning Committee’s decision on this application was to refuse it on planning grounds. It’s reasons for the refusal can be found within the Decision Notice which can be found here.

Update 8th March 2019

Taking into consideration the views expressed to the Parish Council concerning the above planning application, The Parish Council has now formally responded to Wiltshire Council. Please click here.

25th February 2019

The Parish Council wishes to bring to your attention Dauntsey’s School current planning application which is seeking retrospective permission to install a red-coloured synthetic athletics track, with white fencing, which has recently been built by the school on the west playing fields known as the Mercers Field. The school already has permission for a grass track on this site.

The key material planning consideration, in the application, is the impact on landscape character and visual amenity of the proposal for the red - coloured track and white fencing.

A number of concerns have been raised with West Lavington Parish Council, in particular the visual impact of this new facility on the views across the landscape of the Vale of Pewsey, notably from Strawberry Hill and the ridgeway above Market Lavington.
Salisbury Plain Current view of Dauntsey's school athletics track taken from south.

Salisbury Plain Current view of Dauntsey's school athletics track taken from south.

Salisbury Plain Old view of area showing position of new Dauntsey’s School athletics track.

If you have a view on this matter, and wish to comment, you can do so via the Wiltshire Planning Website before 6th March 2019 , or alternatively please let the Parish Council have your views, either in person or via the Clerk, at the next West Lavington Parish Council meeting at 7pm on Thursday 7th March in The Giles Room of the Village Hall.