AN APPLICATION has been submitted to build a new clay pigeon shooting school.

The proposed development would see a change of use of land at Beacon Hill Farm, Cholderton, for a shooting school, stationing of portable office and toilet blocks, and use of farmyard as car parking. 

The car parking will include 85 spaces. 

The site office will provide an office and reception area, and an area for training indoors and talks, indoor activities (such as gun cleaning training), and small prize givings.

Salisbury Journal:

The shoot school is expected to operate "five or six days per week, depending upon the season, weather and demand. 

"To retain as much flexibility as possible, no hours of use are being suggested, and the consent sought would enable the school to operate seven days per week"

The plans state that only one or two people will be under tuition at any one time.

The plans also add: "Approximately 24 times per year a competition would be run. These would, it is hoped, attract 100 – 120 guns and would normally be run for charity. 

"The shoot competition would operate from 9am to 3pm".

In the plans, the gun stands have been arranged to avoid guns discharging in the direction of the nearest "noise sensitive dwelling" to the south, in the hope of minimising the impact of noise on the surrounding area.

Salisbury Journal:

There are no houses, other than those within Beacon Hill Farm itself, within 950 metres

To view the plans in full, go to and search under application number 20/07444/FUL.