New film promotes community planning in Hampshire

Communities across Hampshire that want to plan for their future can now gain inspiration from an uplifting and informative new film showing the benefits of community planning.

The film tells the tale of communities in Hampshire that have undertaken a community plan and improved the lives of their residents in the process. The film features the communities of New Alresford and Swanmore, both of which have been active in developing a community plan. There are contributions from volunteers, elected members and council officers from across the county and a group of students from Swanmore College represent the views of local young people.

Steve Lincoln, Community Planning Manager said, “The film demonstrates perfectly the numerous benefits that a community can enjoy by undertaking a community plan. Residents become
more active, funding is secured to effect change and the community comes together behind a plan that has something for everyone. I encourage all communities in Winchester District to produce a community plan of their own.”

The film was commissioned by a consortium of organisations involved in community planning in the county, including Winchester City Council and six other Hampshire councils. The film is available to view on the Council’s website and there are a small number of DVD’s that can be loaned out for viewing by councillors, parish councils or at other meetings.

Nine communities in Winchester district have produced a community plan so far, with a further nine that have started and are at varying stages of the process. Winchester City Council is keen to see more communities take responsibility for their future by starting a community plan, which will also help understand local priorities and adds local context to district-wide initiatives such as the recent ‘Blueprint’ consultation.

To find out more about community planning, or for help in starting a community plan in your area, please contact the Community Planning Manager Steve Lincoln on 01962 848 110 or by e-mail