City Council says ‘thank you’ for LDF response

Press Release: 04/03/2008

Winchester City Council would like to thank everyone who has commented on the Local Development Framework Issues and Options. Over 1,000 people came out in all weathers to the workshops held in January to pass on their views on the issues and options facing their areas over the next 20 years.

The Council has also received over 2,000 completed questionnaires, emails and letters with your responses to the Issues and Options document, as well as more than 400 responses through the online questionnaire on our website.

All the responses need to be logged and summarised, and acknowledgements will be sent out as each is entered on to the system, this will take some time so people should not worry if they have not yet received an acknowledgement letter.

Cllr George Beckett said, “I am delighted with the level of response we have had to this consultation, and appreciate the time people have taken to learn about and understand the new process. All the comments received will be taken into account in assessing the various options set out in the document, along with professional assessments.  A Sustainability Appraisal of the options and further technical work will also be needed to assess the various potential locations for development.” 

Summaries of the key points made at each of the public workshops, which give a flavour of the many and varied points raised, have been complied.

The Council has already received suggestions for sites to be considered, but would still like to hear from landowners, developers, public authorities or individuals from the wider community who have sites to suggest for development. Sites will continue to be accepted for consideration until 31st March 2008.

These will be subject to assessment to decide whether they should be included in a draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document to be published early in 2009. 

The next version of the Core Strategy will contain more detail and draft planning policies for the development of the District over the next 20 years and will be published in the late summer of 2008 for consultation.