Future of Silver Hill unveiled

Press Release: 20/06/2014

Silver Hill aeriel view

From a run-down corner of the city to a vibrant area of leafy squares and attractive architecture – that is the promise of the revised scheme to redevelop Silver Hill.

Winchester City Council has revealed proposals by architects Allies & Morrison which update the approved scheme to come forward for final planning permission later this year.

The £150m scheme covers 630,000 sq ft – a quarter of the city - and includes shops, homes, a medical centre, residents’ and public parking, cafes and public squares.

The latest changes bring more trees, water features and public art, greater diversity in building sizes and materials, and improved facilities for cyclists and shoppers.

Cllr Vicki Weston, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council and Portfolio Holder for Built Environment, said:

I cannot agree with those who say ‘Winchester deserves better’. I say that Winchester deserves the best and this is the best – best for the local economy, best for Winchester people and best for replacing an eyesore with an eye-catching addition to our beautiful city.

Councillors and officers have been working hard over the past 12 months with the architects and our development partner, TIAA Henderson Real Estate, to fine-tune the approved scheme and make sure it is the best it can be after nearly 20 years of waiting.

The revisions are to a scheme which already has planning consent granted in 2009 and which includes a Compulsory Purchase Order.

More information about the proposals is available on the City Council’s website at www.winchester.gov.uk/silverhill