Stanmore Planning Framework starts to deliver

Press Release: 22/08/2014

View of Stanmore Estate

Work is set to begin on the first site identified in The Stanmore Planning Framework, a shared vision to guide the future regeneration of this area of Winchester published in 2013.

Planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of the New Queen’s Head site at the City Council’s Planning Committee (21 August). The redevelopment comprises a mix of 21 new council properties which will be let to people on the housing waiting list, with priority being given to people with a local connection to Stanmore.

It is anticipated that the new homes will be completed by April 2016.

Alongside this, a community arts project is now drawing to a close. Stanmore residents have been actively engaging in this project, led by community artist Laurence Dube-Rushby. Laurence is a French artist based in Salisbury.

The focus of the project is to provide a design that will be reproduced on 20 large panels, which will then be fixed to the site hoardings on the New Queen’s Head development.

The design will be made up of photographic images of Stanmore donated by local residents and local organisations such as the City of Winchester Trust, The Hampshire Chronicle and the City Council’s museum department. The photos all have a local significance.

As well as the images, Laurence has also been collecting stories that local people have to tell and recording them. QR codes will be incorporated into the design so that people with tablets and smart phones can listen to the recordings while viewing the image.

If you live or used to live in Stanmore, or you know someone else that lives or used to live there, why not mention the project to them and ask them to visit the project website http://apostcardforstanmore.weebly.com/ to find out more? Alternatively you can visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/A-Postcard-For-Stanmore/774015812623085 and join in the discussions and stories of many other people.

Do you have a story to tell or a photo or memory to share? Then why not get in touch? Laurence can be contacted at apostcardforstanmore@gmail.com or tel. 07870 536303.