Silver Hill planning application approved

Press Release: 12/12/2014

Architect's vision of Silver Hill

Applications to amend the planning permission for the Silver Hill development in Winchester have been approved by the City Council’s Planning Committee (Thursday 11 December).
A City Council spokesman said:

The City Council is pleased that proposals for Silver Hill are moving forward.

This decision approves an application by the developer, TIAA Henderson Real Estate, for changes to the approved scheme. There was already planning permission in place and a compulsory purchase order which run until spring 2016. We look forward to working with Henderson on this next phase of our historic city’s development.

Members of the Planning Committee listened to voices on all sides of the debate on this important issue and reached their own independent decision based on the planning matters before them.

This planning permission is a separate matter from the High Court hearing which is due in the New Year. The hearing is to consider the issue of procurement - whether the Council is able, under European Procurement rules, to approve the changes that it did, without undertaking a new procurement exercise. The decision to do so was taken in the light of legal advice from independent Counsel which confirmed that the Council could agree the changes in the manner that it did.

The £150m scheme would revitalise a run-down area of the city with new shops, homes, public squares and bus interchange. Details of the applications are on the City Council’s website:

http://www.winchester.gov.uk/meetings/details/1311