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, have 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 team analysed and summarised the contributions and presented back to the local community at the Guildhall on Tuesday 4 April.
Following this initial work, the JTP team will develop the proposals, with further opportunity for community input, and draw up the SPD for the area. The aim is to produce the draft SPD later in 2017, with the target that the Council will adopt the SDP before the end of 2017.