Community Plans

A community plan:

  • identifies local problems and opportunities
  • sets out an achievable and long term vision for the future
  • prepares a plan of action to achieve this vision

To prepare a plan the views of all of the community must be gathered through survey, research and community participation. A plan can include everything that is relevant to the people who live and work in the community, from employment needs to playgrounds. They can include any social, environmental or economic issues. It is up to the community to decide what is important to them. No one else can set the agenda or determine priorities for action on behalf of the community.

Watch the short film below to find out more about community planning in Hampshire.

  • Why do a community plan?

    A community plan:

    • Provides detailed information on the issues of importance to the local community
    • Gives everyone the opportunity to have their say.
    • Helps people to become move involved in what goes on around them.
    • Gives the statutory authorities, including the Council, vital information about the needs and views of a community.
    • Helps individuals and organisations be prepared for questions or issues which arise about changes or threats to local services and activities.
    • Provides useful information when applying for funding for projects.
    • Provides a vision of the community in the future, and a defined plan of action to show how this will be achieved.

    Watch the short film below to find out what community planning has achieved for some communities in Hampshire.

  • Parish Profiles

    An important early stage in the community plan process that community and parish planning groups will need to undertake is the development of a ‘Community or Parish Profile’. Profiles not only give you the detail information of how a community is made up, but will also prove an invaluable source of information regarding where to go to engage with your community during the consultation stages of developing a plan.

    Some information is readily available to you:

    • In 2013 ‘Action Hampshire’ commissioned work to produce profiles across Hampshire County, including the Winchester District. To access the Winchester profiles, please click here.
    • Profiles were also produced for each of the larger settlements in the Winchester District, along with various other information for Local Plan Part 2:

    Some further information was produced as supporting evidence for the Local Plan 2038 covering topics such as Economy, Housing and Recreation & Leisure:

  • Completed Plans

    The following communities in the Winchester District have completed a Community Plan.
    Click on the link in the 'Plan' column to view the Plan.


    Achievements to date

    Bishops Waltham

    Town Health Check 2010

    • North Pond taken into community ownership
    • New play areas at Priory Park and Jubilee Hall
    • Improvements to bus shelters, road signs and seating
    • Quality Parish Council status achieved
    • Increased programme of community events
    • Village Agent service established
    • "Cycle Bishop’s Waltham” leaflet produced in conjunction with SDNP
    • Resurfaced pathway from Corhampton Road to Free Street
    • Sports pavilions improved at Prioriy Park and Hoe Road
    • New pre-school at Hoe Road
    • Additional B&B accommodation
    • Lengthsman employed
    • Additional trees and wild flower beds planted
    • Annual “Clean up BW” event


    Parish Plan 2013

    • Faster broadband provided by Gigabeam
    • Reduced weekend usage of the range by the MOD
    • Regular sweeping of the roads and maintenance of verges by local farmers

    Compton & Shawford

    Parish Plan 2008


    Neighbourhood Plan 2015

    • New trees planted on various roundabouts
    • Planters installed at the Village Centre
    • Town Centre Manager employed
    • Community events in the Village Centre - Chicken Run at Easter, Summer Party, Apple Festival and Christmas Fayre
    • Play area at Carpenters Field


    Parish Plan 2015


    Parish Plan 2015 (pdf, 1.5mb)


    Parish Plan 2012



    Community Plan 2016


    Itchen Valley

    Parish Plan 2014

    • Improved broadband speeds in Itchen Abbas

    Kings Worthy

    Parish Plan 2012

    • Frequency of buses increased
    • Additional parking provided at Tesco
    • Communications Group established
    • Parish Council established outdoor surgeries

    New Alresford

    Town Health Check 2008

    Action Plan 2008

    New Alresford

    Town Plan 2005 - SUPERSEDED by above


    Parish Plan 2013

    • Improved broadband
    • Planning decisions in favour of a historical approach to The Grange
    • Disused former woodmill converted for commercial use as an engineer’s depot


    Parish Plan 2004

    • Quieter surfacing on M3
    • New road surfacing, crossings and improved signage
    • Parish Lengthsman appointed
    • Chuch Room facilities improved
    • Improved street lighting
    • Village Design Statement produced
    • Neighbourhood Watch established across the parish
    • Parish website created
    • Youth shelter and other facilities installed
    • Improved bus services into Winchester and Southampton
    • Community May Day event established
    • Welcome pack for new residents
    • Map of local footpaths

    Owslebury and Morestead

    Parish Plan 2014

    • Ship Inn designated as a community asset and retained as a pub 
    • Merger of the cricket and football clubs
    • Agreement with some colleges for over 16s to use school bus services
    • Additional gates and benches at open spaces and play areas
    • Email information service including more than 50% of homes


    Village Design Statement and Parish Plan 2016


    Parish Plan 2011

    • Improved broadband speeds in Soberton Heath

    South Wonston

    Village Plan 2008


    Parish Plan (pdf, 1.2mb) 2017


    St Barnabas & Harestock

    Community Plan 2013

    Action Plan 2013



    Community Action Plan 2010

    • Pilot Enhanced Neighbourhood Management approach
    • New parking restrictions introduced in Lower Stanmore
    • Welcome visits to new students and welcome packs issued
    • New student accommodation provided on campus
    • Youth shelter and skate park lighting
    • Community newsletter established
    • School Travel Plan completed
    • Incentives for students and University staff to use Park & Ride
    • Improved footway link from Airlie Corner to St James Lane
    • Improvements to Princes Place allotments


    Village Plan 2011


    Parish Plan 2014

    West Meon

    Parish Plan 2007

    Action Plan update 2010


    Parish Plan 2009


    Parish Plan 2004 - SUPERSEDED by above


    Parish Plan 2013


    Parish Plan 2004 - SUPERSEDED by above

    • New village hall at Knowle
    • Mobile NHS Dentist service established - NOW STOPPED OPERATING
    • Traffic calming schemes in Titchfield Lane and School Road
    • Improvement to Community Centre play area
    • Youth portakabin provided at the Community Centre
    • Bottle banks provided
    • Village Agent service established


    Community Plan 2012


    Parish Plan 2015

    • New affordable homes in Sutton Scotney at Station Yard and more planned at Beggars Drove
    • New car park, walkway, seating and fitness equipment at The Gratton
    • Signage and dog bags at The Gratton to rediuce dog fouling
    • Car sharers allowed to park at the car park on The Gratton


  • How we can help?

    There are a range of ways in which the Council, and other agencies, can support and help you to develop your community plan. These include:

    • General support and guidance through the process
    • Financial assistance to develop your Community Plan and grants to implement your projects
    • Provision of statistics and information on your area
    • Advice on designing questionnaires and surveys
    • Printing of surveys, questionnaires and finished plans (at a subsidised cost)
    • Assistance with a housing needs assessment
    • Finding and retaining volunteers

      There are some key documents that we can supply you with and which form a package to support and guide you through the community planning process:

    • ACRE Community Led Planning Toolkit
    • AMT Town Action Planning Handbook
    • Winchester Community Planning Guidance (see ‘Documents’ on the right hand side of the page)
    • Winchester Community Planning Protocol (see ‘Documents’ on the right hand side of the page)

      Other guidance is available that relates to specific issues. Click on the topic below for more details:


  • Frequently asked questions

    What is the difference between Parish Plans, Village Design Statements and Neighbourhood Plans?

    A Parish Plan provides information about a variety of needs concerning well being and social activity of the local population, which incorporates all aspects of life and can include the physical needs of an area.

    A Village Design Statement (VDS) only focuses on the physical (spatial) aspects of the community e.g. housing, hedges, lighting, signage. It sets out guidelines on the character of the area and ensures that future changes are in keeping. A VDS can be adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance and will then be used as evidence when consideration is given to future planning applications in the area.

    A Neighbourhood Plan allocates land for development. It is intended to set out where new houses, businesses, shops and community facilities should go in the local area and will allocate smaller sites for development. It may also include more detailed planning policies, for example to define how new development should look. Neighbourhood Plans were brought into being under the Localism Act which came in to force in November 2011.

    How much power will community plans have?

    There is no formal power that a community plan has to influence decision-making. However, the Localism Act sets out an expectation that the views and opinions of local people will have greater influence over the delivery of services in their area. At the local level, the Winchester Community Planning Protocol makes a commitment that all service providers are expected to consider the findings and recommendations contained within a community plan and respond to the community with regard to the likely timescale for them being implemented or the reasons why no action will be taken.

    There can be a lot of confusion over cross-border matters, where issues affect communities across borders between Winchester and other neighbouring districts. How do we ensure that our concerns are heard by all of the appropriate people?

    The Community Planning Protocol (see link in previous question) makes a commitment for Winchester City Council to liaise with neighbouring local authorities, ensuring that our neighbour organisations hear the local concerns and that solutions to the concerns identified are developed in a joined-up manner. It is also important that communities consider the impact of their own recommendations on neighbouring communities when developing a plan.

    I have heard about community 'clusters', where parishes group together to make a community plan. What about the differences that exist across parishes and how do we deal with the conflicts which arise if we're meant to be working in these groupings?

    Grouping together with neighbouring parishes is a good idea, especially if you live in a small community and need more support to develop a community plan. By working together people can identify common priorities upon which they can agree and speak with greater numbers, which can have a bigger impact on policy development and service provision. If there are occasions when parishes disagree on priorities, then the plan can reflect the different issues that affect each community and highlight the issues of greatest concern to each.

    My parish has identified a number of specific issues through our consultation. How do we get these addressed?

    We can put you in touch with the right organisastions and specialist people to help deal with the issues.


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