Winchester’s Blueprint event – pop in and have your say

What should be the future of Winchester? That is the question Winchester City Council will be asking at a drop-in “Blueprint” event this month.

Officers will be talking to residents at the United Church Hall, Jewry Street Winchester between 10am – 2pm. The event will allow people who are interested in the future of Winchester to pop in and spend a few minutes thinking about how to keep Winchester as a great place to live in the future.

The purpose of Blueprint is to enable people to think about what type of place they want to live in not only now but looking ahead 20 years or so, and how theirs and others needs might change over that time. This ties in with the concept of 'localism' being promoted by the new coalition Government.

The Government has changed the system by which local councils draw up their long term planning documents. They are still called 'local development frameworks' but instead of starting with national targets and requirements, they now start with local views about the nature and timing of development. It remains the Council's job to take all these views and to produce a set of policies which are sensible given all the issues we face.

The Blueprint consultation is mid way through but there is still plenty of opportunity to get involved and many events are being held across the district. Dates and times can be seen on the website

All the details can be found on a dedicated website, and if you want to hold your own event you can request a pack that contains all the materials you need. You can also request a Blueprint pack by contacting, or calling 01962 840 222. The consultation runs until 10 December 2010 so don't leave it too late and get debating 'Blueprint' today.