Core Strategy - Issues and Options for the Winchester District

Press Release: 29/11/2007

Winchester City Council has responded to residents’ views about the future of their District in the latest document of the Local Development Framework.

The Core Strategy Issues and Options paper raises some challenging questions about how the District will develop over the next 20 years. With over 12,000 houses specified for the District these are real issues that residents and businesses need to think about now, in order to find the best solution for where they live and work.

Cllr George Beckett, Leader of the Council said, “The process of producing the Local Development Framework offers us the opportunity to look at the issues we face and the potential options we have to deal with them. The upcoming consultation is the chance for residents and businesses of the Winchester District to start thinking about the realities and challenges of the changes coming over the next two decades and how to make the best of the opportunities presented to us”.

The report is going to Local Development Framework Cabinet on 6 December and then will be open for consultation until 15 February 2008. Residents are also encouraged to come along to one of five workshops being held across the District where they can feed in their views. Go to the Live for the Future – Consultations page to book your place at these events or call 01962 840 222.

All meetings start at 7pm and will finish by 9pm.

8 January                                Bishop’s Waltham,- Jubilee Hall
10 January                              Whiteley, - Solent Hotel
15 January                              Denmead, - All Saints Church Hall, Hambledon Rd
16 January                              Alresford,- Old Goods Shed
17 January                              Winchester City,- The Discovery Centre

The report is about high level strategy, and makes suggestions as how we deal with some challenging issues but there may be alternatives and we’d like to hear about these - so it is important to get involved.