Central Winchester Regeneration

The Central Winchester Regeneration project is creating a city centre which delivers for residents, business, the local economy and visitors. Our vision includes:

  • a new mixed-use quarter, including retail, market, commercial, cultural, housing and community uses to complement the city centre and serve the whole community
  • plans for attractive buildings, streets and places, designed and laid out with a Winchester character and scale – described as “Winchesterness” throughout the community feedback sessions
  • a range of active and restful spaces in the heart of the city, including the opening up of the brook to the east of the site
  • developing a footprint for the way the public realm will be developed across the whole area
  • creating a new bus hub and routing buses away from The Broadway and High Street to allow for environmental improvements to accommodate markets and other street based activities.



Project Summary

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 of approximately four hectares of central Winchester. It includes the bus station, Friarsgate Medical Centre and Kings Walk. 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 set out the type and layout of land uses that could be built on the site and will help ensure that the development is fit for the future and will rejuvenate such a prominent part of the city. 

The IPG has commisioned JTP, an award-winning 'place-making' 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 Clements Surgery in nearby Upper Brook Street are being dealt with separately.

Project Summary

Project Name Central Winchester Regeneration
Portfolio Holder Cllr Caroline Horrill
Start Date 29/03/2016
Key Steps/Milestones

Expected end date - 31/12/17

Current Status

  • Cabinet Project Initiation: 29 March 2016 – completed
  • Inaugural IPG Meeting: 13 September 2013 - completed
  • Workshop to discuss the public engagement strategy: 3 October 2016 - completed
  • IPG Meeting on archaeology and discussion of brief to commission work: 18 October 2016 - completed
  • IPG Meeting on bus facilities: 8 November 2016 - completed
  • Commission urban design practice with experience in public engagement- November 2016 - completed
  • Commission series of technical studies on key issues: November 2016– Summer 2017 - on-going
  • Public engagement: February- March 2017 - completed
  • Community Planning Weekend - 24/25 March 2017 - completed
  • Engagement with stakeholder groups - completed
  • Visiion for SPD - presented to IPG for July 2017
  • Preparation of and consultation on draft SPD: April - November 2017 - on-going
  • Presentation of draft SPD to IPG - 25 September 2017
  • Approval to consult on draft SPD sought from cabinet - October 2017
  • Approval of draft SPD for adoption January 2018

Latest Status

The City Council has commissioned JTP (www.jtp.co.uk), an award-winning ‘placemaking’ practice of architects and masterplanners, to work with the Council and wider community to create a Supplementary Planning Document which will set out a vision for the future development of central Winchester through collaborative planning and consultation.

JTP has formed a strong team to work on the commission with Hampshire based Snug Architects and Ubu Design Ltd together with consultancies with expertise in commercial property, movement and infrastructure. 


Information on how to get involved can be found here.

Last Committee Report

Central Winchester Regeneration Informal Policy Group -  4 July 2017

For details of meetings of the Central Winchester Regeneration Informal Policy Group and its membership see this link.

Next Steps


Further Information

Further information on Central Winchester Regeneration can be found on the Council's webpages: www.winchester.gov.uk/planning/major-sites/central-winchester-regeneration/