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.

Thematic community-led planning

There are other examples of community-led planning which focus on specific themes or issues rather than taking a holistic view of the community. For example, some communities in the district have come together to reduce their carbon footprint, others have worked on a community resilience plan in the event of an emergency. As long as the process actively aims to include all members of the community and leads to a specific plan of action for that community, then it can be viewed as a community-led plan.

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