Central Winchester Regeneration

The council is seeking the comprehensive redevelopment of the central Winchester area. This section contains all of the latest information on the Central Winchester Regeneration project.
CWR proposal

We held an online Open Forum to discuss the recent consultation on the Central Winchester Regeneration draft development proposals on 26 January 2021. To see the presentation and Q&A from the session please click here

Climate Emergency

We are placing the climate emergency and newly adopted council plan at the heart of everything we are doing. 

We will be looking at creative and innovative ways to embed this. We have shared thoughts around retention of existing buildings and no car parking and have given examples of how the preferred scheme is being developed with the climate emergency upfront and centre.

Movement Strategy

Movement Strategy timeline

We are working closely with Hampshire County Council on options for the bus arrangements and will continue to do so. Atkins is carrying out stage one of the feasibility study, looking at several options that work for the regeneration of the site, the wider movement strategy and our partners at the bus operators. 

Our close working relationship continues with all areas of the emerging studies under the Movement Strategy and again, concepts for the lower section of the High Street and Broadway remain flexible and can be delivered in phases as actions under the wider movement strategy evolve. You can find the Movement Strategy timeline here (pdf, 73kb)


Winchester Vision

A new Vision for Winchester is being developed. This document aims to outline aspirations for how the city develops and grows over the coming years and the work is being overseen by the Winchester Town Forum. Our work with JLL will be closely linked with the Winchester Vision.


Central Winchester Regeneration details

Cabinet Member

Cllr Kelsie Learney

Start Date


Key Steps/Milestones

Milestones completed:

  • Cabinet Project Initiation: 29 March 2016
  • JTP, award-winning 'placemaking' practice of architects and masterplanners appointed: December 2016
  • Engagement: February - July 2017
  • Bus station purchase by the council and improvement works: April - September 2017
  • Preparation of and consultation on draft SPD: April - November 2017
  • Formal consultation on draft SPD: 11 December 2017 - 5 February 2018
  • Final SPD approved by Cabinet: 20 June 2018
  • Archaeology public information event: December 2018
  • Council acquired the land of the former Friarsgate Medical Centre along with buildings either side of the Bus Station entrance: December 2018
  • The council owned, former Antique Market was brought back into use as an arts venue, 'The Nutshell': December 2018
  • The BikeHub at the Open House Deli moved into the council-owned, Old Post Office building in Middle Brook Street: December 2018
  • A roadmap outlining the delivery of the project until 2022 developed and presented to the Cabinet (CWR) Committee: 22 January 2019
  • JLL appointed as Strategic Placemaking Consultancy to bring a cohesive and expert oversight across the projects in the district: May 2019
  • Approval to procure consultant to carry out pre-development archaeological investigations: August 2019
  • JLL review of CWR Roadmap completed: December 2019
  • Concept design produced for the lower section of the High Street and Broadway public realm: January 2020*
  • Scheme options for the CWR area developed and shared with members, stakeholders and the public for feedback: January – March 2020
  • Consultation on draft development proposals undertaken 11 November 2020 - 12 January 2021

Latest Status

Latest Status

  • Planning for refurbishment work on Coitbury House paused and options being considered for the building in the emerging development proposals
  • Appointed archaeology consultant, ARCA Geoarchaeology, to carry out pre-development investigations on the site
  • Create development proposals for site in line with comments from key stakeholders, Members and the public
  • Work with Hampshire County Council and bus operators to develop solution for bus arrangements
  • Appointed Turner Works and Worthwhile Works to explore how Kings Walk could be developed into a vibrant creative hub to support small businesses, the arts and opportunities for young people over the next 10 years
  • Public engagement discussed at Cabinet meeting on 10 November 2020
  • Consultation on draft development proposals undertaken 11 November 2020 - 12 January 2021

Last Committee Report

Next Steps


  • Refine the development proposlas for the site, whilst carrying out viability assessments and developing a strategy for delivery
  • Seek Cabinet approval of the development proposals and delivery strategy