Community groups take lead in influencing development

Two local community groups have taken the lead in producing draft design statements that will influence development in their areas.

The statements - from the St Barnabas West Neighbourhood Design Statement Group and the Denmead Future Group respectively - are now available for public consultation.

The statements - the St Barnabas West Neighbourhood Design Statement and the Denmead Village Design Statement - will, when adopted by Cabinet following any necessary amendment, provide design guidance for development in the two areas and will supplement the Winchester District Local Plan and successor documents.

The statements include sustainability appraisals and details of the consultation that has been carried out to produce them.

Winchester City Council's Planning and Transportation Portfolio Holder, Barry Lipscomb, welcomed the documents and said he was very keen that local communities in Winchester and the rural Parishes are able to take a lead in influencing the future of their areas.

"I am very grateful to the groups in St Barnabas and Denmead for the hard work they have put into producing these documents, which I am sure will help to improve the quality of new development and protect local character in those areas," he added

The documents are available to view on Winchester City Council's website,  or may be inspected at Winchester City Council, Avalon House, Chesil Street, Winchester. The Denmead Village Design Statement is also available to view at Denmead Parish Council, Denmead Community Centre, School Lane, Denmead.

Copies of the documents can also be bought from Winchester City Council, at the above addresses.

Comments on the documents should be sent in writing to Winchester City Council to arrive not later than Thursday 26 October 2006.