Momentum builds on Central Winchester Regeneration project as Cabinet (CWR) meets for second time

The second meeting of the newly formed Cabinet (Central Winchester Regeneration) Committee was held in public yesterday (Tuesday 25 September). Committee members heard about the progress that has been made in several key areas since the adoption of the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) on 20 June.

No challenges were received during the three-month challenge period which means that the SPD is now fully adopted.

Reported progress included details of leases for The Nutshell, a locally based arts venue in the former antique market building, and The Blend Academy, run by a local gin distillery, in the space above Poundland.

The meeting also received updates on the first advisory panels that have been set up to consider and provide comment to aid decisions. The panels are for:

  • The redevelopment of Coitbury House to provide much-needed office space in the city centre
  • The meanwhile use strategy which includes exploring pop-up uses for the vacant space in the bus station and the letting of vacant property on a short- term basis within the CWR area .
  • Upgrades to the existing estate and public realm, including the repaving of lower High Street and improvements for the Broadway.

In recognition of the strength of feeling about the archaeology on the site, the meeting received confirmation that the expert Archaeology Advisory Panel will be returning to Winchester on Tuesday 11 December for a day of events including a public event in the early evening.

Cllr Caroline Horrill, Leader of the Council and Chair of the Committee said: 

“There is much to do, and the Cabinet (CWR) Committee is energised and determined to move forward apace. It was a very positive meeting, reflecting all the excellent work being done by officers and my fellow councillors to ensure the area continues to thrive for residents, visitors and businesses.”