Next steps on plans for Stanmore and Abbotts Barton

Press Release: 12/09/2014

Community-influenced proposals for the Stanmore and Abbotts Barton areas of Winchester will be published for consultation in the draft version of Winchester City Council’s Local Plan Part 2.

In recent years, planning ‘frameworks’ have been developed in both Stanmore and Abbotts Barton, outlining the vision for the areas. Now the ideas have moved a step closer with their proposed inclusion in the ‘Winchester Town’ element of the draft Plan.

The proposals will mean more affordable housing for local people, improved local facilities and moves to limit the number of houses in multiple occupation.

In Stanmore plans include around 21 homes at the New Queen’s Head site, new or improved green spaces and games areas, improved footpaths and cycleways, and improved community facilities for social, leisure and education use.

In Abbotts Barton there could be around 37 new affordable houses including 12 homes at Hillier Way. Plans also feature improved open space, recreation and community facilities, possibly including a new community building on waste land at the bottom of Hillier Way.

In order to maintain a balanced housing stock, the City Council will consider restricting the number of houses in multiple occupation to no more than one in five overall or one in four in any single street, with adequate parking. This measure is likely to be introduced in Stanmore initially, where the impact of student housing is a particular issue.

Cllr Mike Southgate, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities, said:

The planning frameworks for Stanmore and Abbotts Barton were developed with the community. Local Plan Part 2 translates these proposals into policy and I look forward to seeing improved facilities on the ground. I am also delighted we have been able to include some improvements for pedestrians and cyclists.

Cllr Steve Miller, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for New Homes Delivery, said:

The City Council is committed to developing much-needed affordable homes for local people and these plans demonstrate our determination to deliver in Stanmore and Abbotts Barton.

The draft Local Plan will now be considered by councillors before being published for consultation in late October.