Update: The most recent meeting of the Central Winchester Regeneration Informal Policy Group was held on Monday 25 September from 6pm in the Bapsy Hall, Guildhall Winchester. Event details can be found here, the project update broadsheet can be seen here and the presentation here.
On Tuesday 4 July 2017, around 250 people filled Winchester Guildhall to hear about the vision for central Winchester.
The vision was presented to a formal meeting of the Council’s Informal Policy Group (IPG) by Marcus Adams from JTP, the architects and masterplanners appointed by Winchester City Council to work with the community to develop the vision and Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the area.
The presentation of the vision can be viewed in full here, Part 1 and Part 2 and the broadsheet, which was distributed at the end of the night, can be read here.
- a new mixed-use quarter, including retail, market, commercial, cultural, housing and community uses to complement the city centre and serve the whole community
- plans for attractive buildings, streets and places, designed and laid out with a Winchester character and scale – described as “Winchesterness” throughout the community feedback sessions
- a range of active and restful spaces in the heart of the city, including the opening up of the brook to the east of the site
- developing a footprint for the way the public realm will be developed across the whole area
- creating a new bus hub and routing buses away from The Broadway and High Street to allow for environmental improvements to accommodate markets and other street based activities.
This is one of the most extensive consultations we have been involved in. We’ve had significant involvement from a wide range of people and organisations which is a credit to the interest there is in this redevelopment. “This is such an important part of the city. We are recommending a new, mixed use pedestrian friendly quarter; uniquely Winchester in the character of streets, spaces and buildings. There’s further work to be done to develop an SPD that will be flexible enough to evolve but definitive enough for a blue print.
Marcus Adams, Managing Partner, JTP
Members of the audience were invited to give their comments and thoughts after JTP’s presentations. There was broad support for both the vision and the work JTP have done. Additional comments included support for initial work to re-route buses away from the High Street and requests for public involvement in some of the additional studies around transport, archaeology and how the area could be used ahead of the regeneration.
We will do our very best to accommodate those things people most desire but of course it’s a balancing act and we will continue to consult to help get that balance right.
Cllr Horrill, Council Leader and Chair of the IPG
Progress with the SPD will be carried out during the summer, including further technical work on transport / parking, archaeology, flood risk and viability / commercial considerations and further discussions with key stakeholders and landowners.
The progress will be shared through a public consultation exhibition in the summer ahead of a formal six-week consultation in the autumn.
A final version of the SPD is expected to be approved by the Cabinet in early 2018.
The Central Winchester regeneration area covers approximately 4 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
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 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.
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.