Central Winchester Regeneration

Planning

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Further information and material from the Community Planning Weekend

Further information and material from the Community Planning Weekend (24/25 March 2017) and public feedback event (4 April 2017) is available on the JTP website at the following web address:

www.centralwinchesterregen.co.uk

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The City Council has agreed to buy the freehold of the bus station site in central Winchester. 

The City Council intends to make improvements to the site in the short-term and to propose changes that will improve the flow of buses through the town and increase pedestrian safety. In the longer-term, the purchase will bring new opportunities and have significant benefits for the regeneration of central Winchester and the continuing provision of bus services.  Further information is available in the press release on the following link:

http://www.winchester.gov.uk/news/2017/apr/city-council-buys-winchester-bus-station/

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Introduction

The area known as Central Winchester covers an area of approximately 4 hectares of central Winchester. It includes the bus station, Friarsgate medical centre, Kings Walk and the Friarsgate car park amongst other elements.

Since the end of the 1990s the Council has been seeking the comprehensive redevelopment of this area to improve the quality of retail, residential and public space.

Central Winchester Regeneration - Phase 1 - SPD

The first stage of the Central Winchester Regeneration project is to develop a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to act as a new planning brief for the area and it's environs. The SPD will have the benefit of a formal status in the local planning system. An Informal Policy Group (IPG) has been established to develop the SPD which will then be considered by Cabinet for adoption.

The SPD will supplement the policies in the Local Plan and will set out the type and layout of land uses that could be built on the site; this will help to ensure that the development is fit for the future and will rejuvenate such a prominent part of the City. 

The IPG has commissioned JTP an award-winning ‘placemaking’ practice of architects and masterplanners to work with the Council to formulate the SPD. This process will include public and stakeholder engagement and commissioning of studies and assessments to inform the development of the SPD. It is intended to complete this work by the end of 2017.

Plans for replacing the St Clement’s surgery in nearby Upper Brook Street, formerly part of the Silver Hill development, are proceeding separately.