Schemes in Early Stages
The following schemes are being considered by Winchester City Council for future development as part of its New Homes Programme.
Rowlings Road, Weeke
The Council intends to redevelop the eastern garage court for 3x two bedroom family homes and 4x one bedroom flats, with associated improvements to public footpath routes and visual improvement to the public realm that will benefit local people. Garage courts such as the one at Rowlings Road are not well used for car parking and provide excellent sites for new homes.
A public consultation event took place at the Weeke Community Centre on Thursday 13 July 2017. The event was well attended and the majority of local people were positive towards the provision of more affordable housing within the area. The boards displayed at the event and a summary of the feedback can be viewed in the ‘Documents’ section on the right hand side of the page.
Planning consent was granted in April 2018 under reference 18/00160/FUL and construction work is likely to start in 2019.
Dolphin Hill, Twyford
The planning application for two new family homes on 1a Dolphin Hill (a former single storey office) and the adjacent garages was approved by South Downs National Park under reference SDNP/18/05355/FUL on 10 January 2019. The boards displayed at a public consultation event can be viewed in the ‘Documents’ section on the right hand side of the page. The existing buildings were demolished in February 2019.
Winchester City Council appointed Whitman Builders Ltd as the main contractor in October 2019 and some building works will commence towards the end of October 2019.
The Council has also made significant improvements to 1 Dolphin Hill and the new tenant has moved in.
Knowle Water Meadows
The Council is supporting Homes England (formerly Homes and Communities Agency) to bring forward proposals for the development of about 200 new homes, the creation of 58.7ha of open space and a safeguarding of Knowle Triangle to act as a buffer between Knowle and the strategic allocation of Welborne.
The proposals were the subject of three consultation events, the latest of which took place on Friday 2 February and Saturday 3 February 2018. The boards displayed at the event can be viewed in the ‘Documents’ section on the right hand side of the page.
The outline planning application under reference 18/01612/OUT is in the process of being redetermined.
Woodman Close, Sparsholt
The Council is proposing to develop a small number of affordable homes on land it owns.
A public consultation took place on Saturday 16 June 2018 at Sparsholt Memorial Hall to allow local residents to view the options for new affordable housing. The boards displayed at the event and a summary of the feedback can be viewed in the ‘Documents’ section on the right hand side of the page.
At its September 2018 meeting, the Parish Council supported the idea of development at Woodman Close with associated car parking improvements.
Following further design work, another consultation took place on 7 November 2019 at Sparsholt Memorial Hall to gauge support for the proposed scheme and additional car parking options. The boards displayed at this event and a summary of feedback can be viewed in the ‘Documents’ section on the right hand side of the page.
Sparsholt Parish Council continues to support this proposed housing development so the Council will progress the scheme. There will be an opportunity to comment on the detailed designs at a further consultation before a planning application is submitted. Car parking proposals will be taken forward as a separate project.
Hookpit - Land off Burnet Lane, Kings Worthy
The Council is working alongside Drew Smith, which is now part of Vistry Partnerships. Drew Smith owns the land at Top Field and has been granted planning permission for 35 affordable homes and to change the remainder of the land from agricultural to publicly accessible recreation land.
The planning application reference is 19/00048/FUL.
The Council has a purchase agreement with Drew Smith to purchase the 35 homes and the remainder of the open space when the homes are completed. The 35 homes will be managed by the Council and will be the following mix:
4x one bedroom flats – affordable rented
4x two bedroom flats – affordable rented
11x two bedroom houses – affordable rented
6x three bedroom houses – affordable rented
6x two bedroom houses – shared ownership
2x three bedroom houses – shared ownership
2x four bedroom houses – discounted market sale
The open space will be managed by the Council; a community consultation event regarding the lay out and management of the land will be held on 12 March 2020.
The Council has been working with the Parish Council and Top Field Action Group to consider whether any improvements can be made to car parking arrangements by the Tesco store on Hookpit Farm Lane. This work is ongoing.
Drew Smith aims to start the building works in January 2020. To date they have been undertaking essential ecological work to protect species on the site and have been working with the Council and Hampshire County Council to divert the footpaths away from areas of important ecology.
Boards displayed at a public consultation event held on 12 July 2018 and a summary of the feedback can be viewed in the ‘Documents’ section on the right hand side of the page. The presentation from public meeting held on 11 September 2018 can also be viewed here.
Dyson Drive, Abbotts Barton
The Council intends to develop new affordable homes on open space at Dyson Drive, with associated improvements to the open space in the Abbotts Barton area.
Residents of Abbotts Barton were consulted on the proposals at an event on Tuesday 9 July 2019. The boards displayed at the event and a summary of feedback are available to view in the ‘Documents’ section on the right hand side of the page.
The Council intends to develop new affordable flats adjacent to the existing Winnall Flats, with associated improvements to the open space in the surrounding area.
The Council has held a number of events for residents of the Winnall flats to discuss the emerging proposals for new affordable homes.
- The first consultation on the initial ideas to build some new flats on the car park site took place on 17 July 2018. The boards displayed at the event and a summary of the feedback can be viewed in the ‘Documents’ section on the right hand side of the page.
- A drop in was held in the Big Bus on 29 November 2018. The purpose was to seek views on providing a community hub at the flats; whether residents would be prepared to pay for an enhanced concierge type service; and what improvements residents would like to their flats if funding was available. The invitation and the results of the event can be viewed in the ‘Documents’ section on the right hand side of the page.
- We sent a newsletter to all residents of the Winnall Flats in spring 2019. A copy of this is available in the ‘Documents’ section on the right hand side of the page.
- Local Ward Members held an information drop in event for residents on 24 October 2019, to answer questions and to keep residents informed about the evolving plans for the new homes. The boards shown at this event are available in the ‘Documents’ section on the right hand side of the page.
The outline business case for the proposed new homes at Winnall Flats was approved by Cabinet on 23 December 2019. The Council will be tendering for a building contractor through the Southern Construction Framework in January 2020. The contractor will take the project through the planning application process, the detailed design and full cost assessment.