On Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March, the local community attended the Central Winchester Regeneration Community Planning Weekend to help create a Vision for the future of this prominent part of the city.
The Central Winchester regeneration area covers approximately 2.3 hectares in the heart of the city and includes the bus station, Friarsgate medical centre, Kings Walk and the Friarsgate car park, amongst other elements. Winchester City Council (WCC) is seeking the comprehensive mixed use redevelopment of this area to bring real benefits to local people and create a positive legacy for the city.
JTP, architects and masterplanners, has been appointed to prepare a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for adoption by WCC. JTP will work closely with the community to create the SPD, which will set out the type and layout of land uses that could be built to help ensure that the development is fit for the future and will rejuvenate this important part of the historic city.
What happened at the Community Planning Weekend?
The Community Planning Weekend was an opportunity to share local knowledge and help shape the plans by joining the design team in workshops, walkabouts and hands-on planning groups. There was also an exhibition explaining the background of the proposal.
Participation was on a drop-in basis and people could stay for a short while, a few hours or for the whole event as they choose. Team members were on hand to answer questions.
Report Back Presentation
After the public workshop days, the JTP led team will analyse and summarise the outcomes and draw up a Vision for Central Winchester. This will be presented back to the local community on 4 April at the Guildhall.
Following the creation of the Vision, the team will develop the proposals and draw up the SPD for the area. The aim is to produce the draft SPD in June 2017, with the target that the Council will adopt the SDP before the end of 2017.
Simon Ward, Propernomics Presentation, March 2017
Community Planning Weekend Exhibition, March 2017