Types of Community Plan

Parish Plan

For most of the rural areas of Winchester District, the best option for community planning is a Parish Plan. This is community-led and aims to look at what a community needs, identify how to improve the quality of life for people who live there now and to make sure people can enjoy that quality of life in the future.

The same process and methodology can also be used for neighbourhoods within a more urban area, such as the town area of Winchester.

If your community has a small population, you could consider joining forces with neighbouring parish or neighbourhood to produce a wider 'area community plan'. This would help you to have a lot more influence on service providers and policy makers.

Town Centre Health Check

If your town has a significant local economy, you might benefit from undertaking a Town Centre Health Check. The Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) has developed an online assessment to appraise the strengths, weaknesses, future demands and opportunities of town centres.  Further details are available on the ATCM website - see below.

Community Resilience Plan

During an emergency, individuals and communities may need to rely on their own resources to ensure they are able to cope with the consequences. Many communities already help one another in times of need, but previous experience has shown that those who have spent time planning and preparing for this are better able to cope, and recover more quickly. The value of planning at the community level cannot be under-estimated.

The local authorities are keen to encourage communities especially parishes to write their own community emergency plans. It is important however, to remember there is no statutory responsibility for town and parish councils to plan for, respond to, or recover from emergencies. However it is good practice for communities to identify hazards and make simple plans on how they may respond when faced with an emergency.

If you are undertaking or thinking about undertaking a parish plan or some other form of community plan, please contact our Community Planning Manager, Steve Lincoln, on 01962 848 110 or email slincoln@winchester.gov.uk