Next Generation Winchester

Next Generation Winchester project has been established to explore the challenges faced by younger people (aged 18-35) who may want to work and/or live in the Winchester District. The Next Generation project will explore the options available for young people and families and provide an opportunity to influence housing policy, future house building and local housing options across the district.

Save the date - Virtual event date set for – 14 July 2021 – 2.30pm – 4pm

The key themes from the survey are:

  • Main barriers to moving to own home in Winchester
    • All elements of affordability of both buying and renting the most significant issue
    • Careers opportunities in the area
  • Most important for whether living in Winchester is an option
    • Cost of buying/renting
    • Feeling safe
    • Affordability housing options
    • Deposit required
    • Open space and parks
  • Most important aspects for young people when making the housing choices are
    • Space
    • Parking
    • Green space
    • Close to amenities
    • Security and safety
  • Next stages
    • We’re working on a full report
    • We’re making preparations for the virtual event on 14 July
    • We’re checking that the proposed speakers are those young households want to hear from
    • We’ll be promoting the virtual event from end of June.

Thank you to those who completed the survey and thank you to those who took the time to give more information – some of the messages were around the following:

  • Single households find it especially difficult
  • The focus is on supporting people to get on the property ladder but help is also needed to move on to larger accommodation as housing needs change
  • Needs of those with disabilities – autism and learning difficulties
  • Former service personnel
  • Importance of pets

A follow up survey was emailed to those who told us they were interested in coming to the virtual event. This survey closed on  Sunday 21st March 2021.

The prize winner has been notified – so if you haven’t heard from us – sadly you’ve not won the prize.