Engagement and Consultation

Winchester Sport & Leisure Park Planning Application

King George V Playing Fields & Sports Pavilion Consultation

The Council Open Spaces Team held an engagement event to discuss continued improvements to King George V (KGV) Playing Fields on 17 July.

The drop in event, was first in a series of engagement activities, covered all aspects of the playing fields including the sports pitches, a new pavilion, the play areas at KGV and Gordon Avenue and creating wildlife areas.  There was also an opportunity to find out about Allegra’s Ambition and the plans to build an outdoor gym/trim trail within the local area. 

Installing a new pavilion on KGV is a long-held ambition of the Council. It’s ear-marked to support outside sports and be the new home for the Boxing Club as their Garrison Ground premises will be demolished to make way for the proposed Sport & Leisure Centre.

The team thank all those who came and shared their ideas on open space in Highcliffe and in particular King George V Playing Field.  This information will help develop a plan for this important site which will sit alongside the proposed Winchester Sport & Leisure Park. 

There is still time to let us know your thoughts on how the area could be improved.

To have your say on the play areas in Highcliffe, you can complete our questionnaire which can be found here: Highcliffe Play Area Questionnaire

To provide information on how you use KGV please complete our survey which can be found here: Use of King George V Playing Fields


Planning Application Exhibition

The planning application for the new Sport & Leisure Park at Bar End to replace River Park Leisure Centre has been submitted.

Winchester City Council, the University of Winchester and The Pinder Trust invite your comments on the plans.  Representations on can be made online until 18 July 2018.

An exhibition will be held in the Wintonian Room at Winchester’s Guildhall. The team will be available for questions on the following dates and times:

Monday 25 June 4pm-8pm

Thursday 28 June 3-8pm

Friday 29 June 10am-1pm

The exhibition boards will also be available to view online (pdf, 10.2mb)during this time. 


Draft Design Framework Report Consultation – 18 May 2018

Consultation on the draft Design Framework (pdf, 4.5mb) is nearing completion.

The district community’s input has been instrumental to producing this report. In the last year alone, the Council have held 3 phases of public consultation which included 14 events at 6 different venues. We’ve listened and taken notes from at least 700 conversations, over 1,000 responses to our online survey. We have worked closely with our partners and advisory panels.

The draft Design Framework sets out our shared vision for the new Sport and Leisure Park and provides guidance for future development in the Bar End area, including the Sport and Leisure Park.

Its immediate use is to inform the design and layout of the new Sport and Leisure centre,  landscaping surrounding the centre and  accessibility of the park.

It also provides guidance for future considerations and decisions of the landowners in the area including the City Council, the County Council and the University of Winchester.

It is not a formal planning document but does set out the long term aspirations for the area and will be referred to when considering future investment or improvement plans for the area.

Watch our overview video on how the draft Design Framework came together.

Public meeting and event dates

Draft Design Framework overview

Who can attend:     Anyone, booked in advance.

Location:                   Winchester Sport Stadium

Date:                           18 May 2018

Session times:          2.30pm – 4.30pm and 6pm – 8pm

Format:                       Design Framework presentation, Q&As

Book your place:       Numbers are limited, so if you would like to attend email us at leisurecentreproject@winchester.gov.uk by Tuesday 15 May.



If you would like further information about the project then please email your enquiry to leisurecentreproject@winchester.gov.uk.

Consultation on concept designs - December 2017 to January 2018

During December 2017 and January 2018 Stride Treglown architects, in conjunction with LA architects, held a number of consultation events regarding the initial concept designs for the new Sport & Leisure Centre and the Design Framework for Bar End.  The exhibition boards that were presented can be viewed here.  

A report that summarises the findings from this latest phase of engagement is available and can be viewed here (pdf, 723kb).  Previous consultation about the project has taken place and a summary of the outcomes of those phases of engagement can be viewed here (pdf, 207kb).

A further public exhibition will take place later in 2018 in conjunction with the Council seeking planning permission for the Sport & Leisure Centre.

If you would like more information then please email us at leisurecentreproject@winchester.gov.uk.