Thursday, 13 March 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Drop-in session from 6.00  followed by presentation at 7.00 pm.

A Winchester City Council event to set out the planning issues currently facing Winchester town and to give you the opportunity to discuss them, and contribute to developing the Local Plan Part 2, which will include detailed planning policies for the next 15-20 years.

WinACC/City of Winchester Trust issued a press release saying that the Council must check whether sites for new homes are sustainable before deciding where they should be built.

There are meetings for each of the Winchester wards and parishes that form the built-up area of Winchester. 

City Council Officers will give an update on the current planning situation in the local area and outline the next steps in preparing the Local Plan Part 2. This will provide an opportunity to discuss local needs and future planning issues in the area, particularly those that can be addressed through the Local Plan.

Here are some ideas from WinACC about what you might want to mention:

  1. We need to consider the city as a whole with an overall strategic plan – it's not enough to look at it ward by ward
  2. Density – new housing should be in streets like Hyde and Fulflood, not spread out
  3. District heating is better for the environment and needs to be part of the requirements of all new developments, whether housing or commercial
  4. The Local Plan requirements for energy-saving (eg solar panels on roofs, double-glaing are currently over-ruled by Conservation Officers; Winchester City Council needs to make a decision about how it reconciles conflicts on these matters
  5. Walking – improve pavements and signs, and give higher priority to people on foot, in wheelchairs and assistance dogs (guide and hearing).
  6. Cycling – create through routes
  7. Public transport – they should design streets and the station so that people canchange from train to bus easily
  8. Cars - extend 20 mh zone

The Council’s Local Plan Part 1, adopted in 2013, establishes the planning strategy for Winchester, including housing targets for the next 20 years, together with a requirement for sufficient land available to meet economic and retail needs.

Link to Council website for more on this consultation which lasts to 4 April 2014, including an electronic comment form and address to write to.