LPP2 2016 Examination

Examination of the Winchester District Local Plan Part 2: Development Management & Site Allocations

Appointment of Planning Inspector

The Secretary of State appointed Inspector Nigel Payne BSc (Hons), Dip TP, MRTPI, MCMI, to conduct the Examination to determine whether the Winchester District Local Plan Part 2: Development Management & Site Allocations meets the tests of legal compliance, duty to cooperate and soundness.

Examination Hearings

The Hearings part of the Examination commenced on Tuesday 12 July and concluded on Wednesday 20 July.

The Inspector's 'Note of Initial Findings' was received on 28 July and can be downloaded from the list below, but the Inspector has emphasised that it is published for information only and that comments are not invited on it (whether to the Council or the Programme Officer).

The Council prepared and published 3 documents in response to the 'Note of Initial Findings' and matters raised during the hearings, which can also be downloaded from the list below:

These were sent to the Inspector on 9th August and are published for information only at this stage.    

The Inspector has sent the following message via the Programme Officer:- 

"I have now considered the Council’s letter and enclosures of 9 August 2016 in response to my Note of Initial Findings. Please pass onto the Council that I am content for the Schedule of Proposed Modifications to now be made subject to SA/SEA and formal public consultation, as previously envisaged, with the latter estimated to end in mid November 2016 subject to, in respect of MM18 – Policy NA3, deletion of the words “to the satisfaction of the highway authority (currently expected to be an “all-moves” roundabout)”, as it is not possible for the LPA to delegate such a decision to another body in the way proposed in respect of the new junction. (This is so even though, in practice, the highway authority’s approval of any detailed design would clearly be necessary). For the avoidance of doubt, I am content that the proposed additional sentence in para 4.5.24 (MM 17) is suitable for inclusion in the schedule and to be subject to public consultation etc"

Publication of Proposed Modifications

The Council has prepared a schedule of Main Modifications, which reflect matters raised in the Inspector's Note of Initial Findings, together with a schedule of Additional Modifications which the Council is proposing to add further clarity in response to matters raised. 

Both schedules are published for consultation for 6 weeks from 28 October until noon on 12 December 2016

The Modification schedules, tracked-change version of LPP2 showing all Modifications and proposed edits, together with the Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment(SA/SEA) and updated evidence, can also be viewed online on the City Council's website www.winchester.gov.uk/planning-policy/local-plan-part-2.

Proposed Main Modifications

Proposed Additional Modifications

Tracked-Change Version of LPP2 

Sustainability Appraisal/ Strategic Environmental Assessment of Proposed Changes 

Your comments should be sent using the online consultation system here;   winchester.citizenspace.com/policy-and-planning/modifications-lpp2/

or by using the form provided below and be submitted online, by post or by email to;  LDF@winchester.gov.uk. Completed paper forms, which are available at the places where the Plan and Modifications can be inspected should be returned to the City Offices at the above address.  All responses must be received no later than noon on 12 December 2016.

Please be aware that all comments we receive will be publicly available and will be included on our website.

A paper copy of the proposed Modifications and updated SA/SEA can be inspected at:

  • Winchester City Council Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ, Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm. 
  • and the following libraries:-

            Winchester Discover Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester

            Stanmore Community Library, Carrroll Centre, Somers Close

            Alresford Library, Broad Street, New Alresford

            Bishop's Waltham Library, Free Street, Bishop's Waltham

            Waterlooville Library, The Precinct, Waterlooville

            Eastleigh Library, The Swan Centre, Eastleigh

            Fareham Library, Osborn Road, Fareham

Please check the Hampshire County Council website for up-to-date opening times

Next Steps

Following the close of the consultation, all responses to the Main Modifications will be forwarded to the Inspector who will consider them in his report to the Council. Responses to the Additional Modifications will be considered by the Council in due course.   

It is anticipated that the Council will be able to adopt LPP2 in early 2017.

Further Information

For more information on Local Plan Part 2, or this process, please contact the Strategic Planning Team at LDF@winchester.gov.uk or phone 01962 840222.