Bar End Depot future discussed at Cabinet

Winchester City Council is looking to shape up plans for the future of the Bar End Depot.

Formerly used for the council’s waste disposal service, the site is occupied by building contractors responsible for the Winchester Sport and Leisure Park. The Depot will no longer be needed by the council when the state of the art leisure centre opens in Spring 2021.

At their October meeting Cabinet listened to contributions from members of the public before agreeing to start preparing to market the site for sale after it becomes vacant next year.

Keen to understand the opportunity and potential from the widest possible market, Cabinet Members said they would welcome proposals and bids from both developers and community based organisations.  

Councillor Kelsie Learney, Cabinet Member for Housing and Asset Management, said:

“The Bar End Depot is an important site for the city with huge potential to provide benefits for the local community as well as make a key entrance into the City more welcoming.

“We’ve listened to our residents and will work with them to understand their aspirations for the site before going to market when the time is right. We’re working to understand what the appetite is out there for this kind of site and are looking for considered approaches that will best meet the future needs of our district.”