A fresh planning application has been submitted for the site, with three areas identified for development, including a ‘flying hub’ to “ensure the long-term sustainable viability of the airfield”.
Home to listed wartime hangers, Old Sarum Airfield is a site of some 62 hectares, with the application identifying 26.8 hectares for development, in three sections.
In 2015, a bid to develop the site was refused – as well as a subsequent planning appeal.
Now, the fresh scheme has cut the number of homes proposed across the site to around 315, as well as increasing the distance between the development and the nearby scheduled monument.
“This new application seeks to address the concerns raised through the previous appeal and an extensive amount of work has been undertaken to refine this proposal,” it said.
“The application proposals will safeguard flying activity at Old Sarum Airfield on a sustainable basis and secure major investment in new aviation facilities to reinforce Old Sarum Airfield’s status as a functioning heritage aviation asset and visitor attraction,” it added.
A grass flying strip is retained at the centre of the development, the plans outline, with apartments inspired by the aircraft hangers on site, and family homes built in an area near Ford village.
“Housing frontages will face the airfield with public green space in front,” the plans said.
“As well as enjoying the airfield aspect, this will allow the dwellings to enjoy private south facing gardens.
“Providing homes which have a direct link to the airfield encourages residents to have an invested interest in the future of the airfield and its activities, and creates a unified, vibrant community.”
Feilden + Mawson, who have submitted the application, said they had been engaged in consultation with Historic England with regard to the Old Sarum Conservation Area and the nearby scheduled monument.
“Positive feedback was received and the masterplan has been developed to the current planning application,” the submission said.
A number of public consultation events were also held to answer questions from the public.
To view the full proposals, and to comment on the plans, log on to www.wiltshire.gov.uk and search for application reference PL/2023/07368.