Planning for the future of Winchester town

Press Release: 11/02/2014

Planning sketch

Winchester City Council is developing its Local Plan Part 2, which will include detailed planning policies for the next 15-20 years.

The Council is launching a series of events to discuss future planning issues which will be open to anyone interested in the future of the city.

The purpose of the events is to set out the planning issues currently facing Winchester town and to give people opportunity to discuss these.

Officers will give an update on the current planning situation in the local area and outline the next steps in preparing the Local Plan Part 2. This will provide an opportunity to discuss local needs and future planning issues in the area, particularly those that can be addressed through the Local Plan.

There will be a meeting aimed at each of the Winchester wards and parishes that form the built-up area of Winchester. Those so far fixed are:

  • 24 February 7.30 p.m. at St Barnabas Church Hall (meeting focusing on St Barnabas Ward and Harestock).
  • 24 February 7.30 p.m. at St Mark’s Church, Oliver’s Battery (meeting focusing on Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery).
  • 27 February 3.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. at Stanmore Primary School (drop-in session focusing on St Luke Ward).
  • 1 March 1pm, at Winchester Discovery Centre (drop-in session focusing on St Bartholomew Ward).
  • 4 March 7.30 p.m. Westgate School (meeting focused on St Paul Ward). 
  • 5 March 7.30pm at St Faith's Parish Hall, Back Street, St Cross (meeting focusing on St Michael Ward).

The Council’s Local Plan Part 1, adopted in 2013, establishes the planning strategy for Winchester, including housing targets for the next 20 years, together with a requirement for sufficient land available to meet economic and retail needs.

Current work suggests there is unlikely to be a need to release any significant new greenfield sites to meet the town’s housing, employment or retail targets. These will mostly be provided for on sites already identified such as Barton Farm, Silver Hill and the Station Approach area. But there might be a number of more local issues that may have land requirements or will need to be addressed through the Local Plan, which the Council would like to hear about.

The events will focus on each ward but the discussions can cover issues that affect the whole of Winchester town. The meetings are open to all and additional dates are being planned so please visit the Council’s web site: for details and updates.