The Central Winchester Regeneration area’s draft Supplementary Planning document (SPD) was approved for formal consultation by Winchester City Council’s Cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday 6 December 2017.
The formal consultation was launched at a public exhibition in the Guildhall’s Wintonian Room on Monday 11 December 2017. Masterplanners and architects JTP, who are behind the new vision for Central Winchester’s regeneration, were on hand with Winchester City Council officers to give more information about the content of the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) at the launch exhibition. Members of the public were invited to ‘drop in’ to the exhibition anytime between 2pm and 9pm on 11 December 2017.
Cabinet approval followed extensive work by the Central Winchester Regeneration Informal Policy Group over the last year and scrutiny by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 27 November 2017.
I’m thrilled that we are now in a position to formally consult on the planning guidance framework. There has been significant engagement already and so I’m hopeful that residents share my excitement about our partnership work becoming a reality to create a great new vibrant centre for our city. I would like to thank my fellow IPG [Informal Policy Group] members, officers and JTP for their hard work and commitment to making this as inclusive as possible.
Cllr Caroline Horrill, Council Leader and Chair of the Informal Policy Group
A week-long touring exhibition was held between 10 – 15 January 2018 which enabled people to see the latest materials and meet JTP and Council staff in a range of locations including Alresford, Bishops Waltham and Winchester. The exhibition display was also available to view in The Brooks Shopping Centre from 12 December until 8 January 2018.
The draft SPD could also be viewed at local libraries in Winchester, New Alresford, Bishop’s Waltham, Waterlooville, Eastleigh, Chandler’s Ford, Fareham and Romsey.
Full details about the consultation can be found at www.winchester.gov.uk/CWR the winchester.gov.uk/projects/engagement-and-consultation.
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 2017, 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 2017.
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.
- 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