Old Sarum Airfield loses planning appeal

The owner of Old Sarum Airfield has lost an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate to build 462 homes on the Wiltshire site.

Grenville Hodge wanted to build approx 462 residential dwellings around the edges of the airfield, and develop a ‘flying hub’ with a control tower, heritage centre, visitor centre, café/restaurant, parachute centre, aviation archives and aircraft hangars.

The three Grade II-listed WWI hangars would have also been renovated under the plan.

Old Sarum masterplan
The plan put forward by Old Sarum’s owner with housing around two sides of the airfield

The planning inspector, Francis Mahoney, turned down the appeal, saying, “The heritage harm I have identified, along with the specified harm resulting from conflict with development plan, are sufficiently weighty to clearly out-weigh the benefits of the proposal.

“Consequently, I dismiss this appeal and refuse planning permission.”

Local councils are celebrating the appeal decision. Councillor Ian McLennan said, “This is a great day for Laverstock and Ford, Salisbury, and the nation, and the world. It is such an important heritage asset and it is good to know it is in safe hands.”

Objections to the planning application to develop the airfield range from the number of homes proposed with a subsequent increase in traffic, the appearance of the airfield itself, and the view from nearby Old Sarum hillfort.

Old Sarum Airfield


  1. Common sense and historical awareness prevails.
    Now all we need is for the removal of the sickening “brown field” definition of airfields to be corrected and removed from statute.

    1. But Prescott assured us that it was an error and would be amended in statute, but of course it never was, and due to this “error” we have lost a lot of airfields,
      Thanks John for leaving that legacy

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