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Open Space Assessment

The Open Space Assessment is a ‘background paper’ to the adopted and emerging Local Plan.  It lists maps and quantifies important open spaces in and around the towns and villages of the District, where Winchester City Council is the local planning authority.

Villages and parishes within the South Downs National Park (SDNP) area are not included.

The Assessment is used by the local planning authority as an ‘evidence base’ to ascertain where there are shortfalls or surpluses of open space and to identify which existing open spaces should be protected from development.

The Assessment is also used by house builders and developers during the planning process in order for them to understand what quantum and type of open space they might need to provide in their plans and to ensure that open space deficits are not exacerbated.

The Assessment is available to download from the link on the right hand side of this page.

Please Note: These amendments will be corrected in the next iteration of the document.

  • Population data error for Olivers Battery (page 70). Should read population: 1493
  • Map and data error for Bishops Waltham (pages 18 & 19). 1,231m2 of land at Beaufort Drive (site No. 27) is protected open space in this Assessment but is missing from the published schedule and map.  
  • The land to the immediate east of Bushfield Camp site, the Eastern Meadow, (pages 24 & 25) is incorrectly shown on the map and schedule as being accessible public open space. This is an error. The land is privately owned and there is no public access.


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