Planning for a better rural economy

Businesses and landowners across the Winchester District are being invited to a planning event hosted by Winchester City Council on Thursday 22 October.


The event will explain more about the planning policies and processes affecting rural communities, as well as the grant funding possibilities.


Planners, landscape architects and historic environment officers from Winchester City Council have been invited to speak at the morning event which takes place at the YMCA’s headquarters at Fairthorne Manor near Curdridge.  They will be outlining the opportunities available to rural businesses, and taking some of the mystery out of the planning system. 


Ken Brown, LEADER Programme Manager, will also be on hand to explain more about LEADER funding designed to support rural businesses and communities across the Winchester and East Hampshire districts.  He will also be able to point delegates in the direction of other appropriate grant funding streams.


Cllr George Beckett, Leader of Winchester City Council, is pleased to be providing support for rural businesses in what can be seen as a very complicated system: “As a Council we are committed to supporting the local economy, and our rural businesses and landowners are a critical part of this in a district like Winchester where the majority of our residents are living in market towns and small villages. This event is designed to give specific advice for those in a position to provide jobs and opportunities at a very local level for local people.”


The event will end with a networking lunch, and an optional tour and explanation of the site’s wood fuel boiler. This new system allows the site to heat water and buildings in a sustainable way using local wood fuel.


For more information or to register for the event, contact Kate Crawford, economic development manager on 01962 848 563 or email before Thursday 8th October.