LDF Core Strategy Preferred Option paper out for public consultation

Members of the public and interested parties will from Thursday have the opportunity to comment on Winchester City Council’s Preferred Option for the Core Strategy, as part of the Winchester District Development Framework. The consultation period starts on Thursday 14 May and will close at 5pm on Friday 3 July 2009.

The Preferred Option sets out for the first time the complete Core Strategy, including the detailed wording of policies and proposals, and the allocation of key sites across the District for development over the next twenty years. The documents are available to view on the City Council’s website www.winchester.gov.uk/preferredoption

Earlier parts of the process explored possible opportunities and options for growth and change, and a wealth of information has been gathered ranging from technical studies and reports, to feedback from stakeholders and the community. This information has all been influential in preparing a development strategy for the District which must comply with national and regional planning guidance.

A series of exhibitions has also been arranged around the District to inform the community of the content and role of the Core Strategy. At the exhibitions officers will be available to answer questions about the Core Strategy or the LDF in general:




Saturday 6 June

The Old Goods Shed, Alresford

10.30am - 4pm

Monday 8 June

Meadowside Centre, Whiteley

3pm - 8pm

Tuesday 9 June 

United Church, Jewry St, Winchester 

4pm - 9pm 

Thursday 11 June

Denmead Community Centre

10.30am - 4pm

Thursday 11 June

Jubilee Hall, Bishops Waltham

6pm - 9pm

Friday 12 June

Community Centre, Colden Common

2pm - 6pm

Saturday 13 June

Brooks Shopping Centre, Winchester

10am - 4pm

Monday 15 June

Wickham Community Centre

3pm - 8pm

Tuesday 16 June

Tubbs Hall, Kings Worthy

10.30am - 1pm

Tuesday 16 June

Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester

2.30pm - 5pm

Saturday 20 June

Waterlooville Town Centre (pedestrian precinct)

10am - 2pm

Full address details of the venues are available from the website, this will also feature an on-line version of the exhibition boards available over the dates of the exhibitions.

Making your comments on-line is easy and our new system will be available from the 14 May via www.winchester.gov.uk/preferredoption and your comments will be submitted directly to the LDF team. You can also comment in writing to the Head of Strategic Planning at the Council address.

Paper copies of the document will also be available and can be inspected or purchased at Winchester City Council, City Offices (price £10 plus p&p). You may also view the document (subject to opening hours) at local libraries and the Council’s local offices at Bishops Waltham, New Alresford and Whiteley.

All comments will be considered by the City Council, along with the other responses received, the results of the Sustainability Appraisal and evidence studies, before proceeding to the next stage of the Local Development Framework.