Winnall Planning Framework
In 2014/15 Winchester City Council commissioned a study that explores the daily problems and possibilities faced by residents and businesses in the Winnall area, from traffic and parking to community buildings, housing and green spaces.
Every neighbourhood has its challenges and its opportunities. Sometimes, long term solutions need to be identified to manage these. This study led to the development of a Planning Framework, a ten year plan that will guide decisions about policy, funding and service priorities for both Councils and that will help to make Winnall an even better neighbourhood for those who live or work there.
To help research and develop the Framework, the City Council – supported by Hampshire County Council – commissioned a consultancy team from Parsons Brinckerhoff with expertise in planning, urban design, transport, economic development and community engagement. The Framework that they produced can be found below.
The Framework explores three themes – Living in Winnall, Working in Winnall and Travelling in Winnall. It identifies ways to resolve the problems that have been highlighted through the extensive consultation process that informed the project, and opportunities to improve the area in the coming years.
The Council formally adopted the vision and objectives for Winnall in October 2015: these can be found here. A new planning policy to protect and enhance the economic capacity of Winnall over the long term has also been included in the proposed new Local Plan Part 2 for which the consultation period ended in December 2015.
The City Council is also aiming to adopt a number of actions to deliver and will continue to meet with partner agencies over the coming months and years to take forward others which require a more long term approach or more resources than are currently available. You can read more about these in the Cabinet report for 29 March 2016.
In the meantime, businesses in the Winnall area were invited to a meeting in January 2016 to consider the proposal that a new business network be created for the area. This would ensure that there was a single, strong business voice in future policy-making and project planning. This was supported, and a small working group is now progressing the network. For further information please contact Head of Economy and Arts Kate Cloud at firstname.lastname@example.org