Planning enquiries service

The Development Management team are currently working to improve our service for all our customers. We have been trialling new methods and have found success with a new framework for dealing with planning applications and enquiries. 

All information about making a planning enquiry can be found at:

There are alternative options for seeking advice, as listed below:

• Planning Portal –for advice about general planning procedure and if you need planning permission.

• Planning Portal – Interactive Guide

• The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order (England) 2015 – all development permitted development rights
See also further amendments 2015 no. 659 and 2016 no. 332

• Public Access – to find out information on any current or historic planning applications

• High Quality Places and other Supplementary Planning Guidance – for advice about designing extensions and other development

• You can obtain a view on your enquiry by referring it to a planning consultant.

• Our Customer Service team 01962 840222 can help point you in the right direction.

The Planning section gives details on how to make an application as well as lists of current and archived applications.

Contact Planning:

Sustainable Low and Zero Carbon Built Development – implementation of Local Plan Part 1 policy CP11.

The Government has announced (March 2015) updates to its policy on housing standards and zero carbon homes - These affect the Council’s implementation of Policy CP11 of the adopted Local Plan Part 1. While policy CP11 remains part of the Development Plan and the Council still aspires to achieve its standards for residential development (Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 for energy and Level 4 for water), Government advice now sets a maximum standard of 110litres/day for water efficiency and the equivalent of Code Level 4 for energy. Therefore, for applications determined after 26 March 2015, Local Plan policy CP11 will be applied in compliance with the maximum standards set out in Government advice.

From 7 April 2014 Winchester City Council will be charging Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on certain types of development. To find out if your development will be liable to pay CIL please click here.

Local Requirements List

In March 2010 the Department for Communities and Local Government issued 'Guidance on information requirements and validation' encouraging Local Authorities to review their existing local requirements lists. We have now done this and have decided to take the opportunity to reduce the local list requirement and make the format easier to use and follow in line with government guidance. You can find out more about the new Local Requirements List here.

Planning policies - Winchester District Development Plan

The Development Plan is a series of documents which set out the planning policies for Winchester District to guide development and includes:-

  • The saved policies in the Winchester District Local Plan Review adopted 2006
  • The Local Plan Part 1 - Joint Core Strategy adopted 2013
  • The Denmead Neighbourhood Plan adopted 2015 

Work is now underway on Local Plan Part 2 (the Development Management and Allocations DPD). This will incorporate both detailed development management style policies and will also allocate (non-strategic) sites. For more information please visit the Planning Policies page using the link below.