Winchester City Council Local Development Framework Newsletter | November 2015 Issue 42

Publication of Local Plan Part 2 - Development Management and Site Allocations

On 21 October 2015, Winchester City Council agreed changes to Local Plan Part 2 so that it can now be published for formal consultation on ‘soundness’ matters. This follows many months of preparation with extensive community consultation and technical assessments. The Council’s Local Plan Committee was presented with a series of reports, summarising the comments received to the draft Plan and changes proposed in response to both representations received and in light of updated evidence.

The next round of consultation commences on 6 November 2015 and runs through to midday on 21 December 2015. At this stage, in line with Government regulations, the Council is required to focus the consultation on the matters of ‘soundness’ which require the Plan to be:-

  • Positively prepared
  • Justified
  • Effective
  • Consistent with national policy

The Plan must also comply with both legal and procedural requirements and have been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate. Therefore, the comment forms have been designed to reflect these requirements and to help you direct your responses to these matters.

The Plan and other supporting information can be viewed online on the City Council’s website –www.winchester.gov.uk/planning-policy/local-plan-part-2

A paper copy of the Local Plan and the non-technical summary of the sustainability appraisal can be inspected at:

  • Winchester City Council’s City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm.
  • the following libraries:-

                - Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester

                - Stanmore Community Library, Carroll Centre, Somers Cloe

                - Alresford Library, Broad Street, New Alresford

                - Bishops Waltham Library, Free Street, Bishops Waltham

                - Waterlooville Library, The Precinct, Waterlooville

                - Eastleigh Library, The Swan Centre, Eastleigh

                - Fareham Library, Osborn Road, Fareham

Please check Hampshire County Council website for up to date opening times.  

Comments should be sent using the form provided on the website and be submitted online or by email to LPP2@winchester.gov.uk.,Completed paper forms should be returned to City Offices, at the above address, all responses must be received no later than 12 noon on 21st December 2015.

Revised Local Development Scheme 2015

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) is the project plan that sets out the development plan documents to be produced and their timescales for preparation. This has now been updated and agreed by Council’s Cabinet (Local Plan) Committee.

The revised LDS sets a timescale for the remainder of the stages for the preparation of Local Plan Part 2, including

  • Publication – consultation to commence 6 November for 6 weeks;
  • Submission – anticipated March 2016
  • Examination hearings – June/July 2016
  • Adoption - November 2016.

The revised LDS also includes reference to the preparation of a Gypsy and Traveller development plan document (DPD). Government guidance requires Local Authorities to plan for gypsy and traveller accommodation needs. It was originally intended that this would form part of LPP2, however the assessment of potential sites has been delayed and the definition of travellers has recently been changed by the Government.  It is therefore necessary to pursue the allocation of sites for travellers as a separate DPD.

Village Design Statements

Both Bishops Waltham and Shedfield Parish Councils have prepared draft Village Design Statements (VDS), that have now been submitted to the City Council for formal consultation, prior to their adoption.

The Draft VDSs and supporting documentation, can be viewed on the above pages of the Council’s website, each has a slightly different consultation timescale and depending on the number and range of comments received it is anticipated these will be able to be adopted as Supplementary Planning Documents early in 2016.

Strategic Planning Team, Winchester City Council, City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9LJ Tel: 01962 840 222 -  email: ldf@winchester.gov.uk