Engagement and Consultation

To help us understand our community’s needs, aspirations and concerns, we held four detailed phases of engagement with residents, interest groups, sports clubs, community groups and experts before planning was submitted.

To date we have:

  • received input and feasibility studies on location, sports provision, ecology, landscape, transport & flooding
  • held 16 separate events in six locations
  • noted more than 750 conversations
  • received more than 1,000 survey response
  • Engaged with River Park Leisure Centre user
  • Engaged with Sports Clubs and National Governing Bodies


Design Framework Report Consultation – May 2018

In 2018 the Council held three phases of public consultation which included 14 events at six different venues. We listened and took notes from at least 700 conversations and over 1,000 responses to our online survey whilst working closely with our partners and advisory panels.

The Design Framework sets out our shared vision for the new Sport & Leisure Park and provides guidance for future development in the Bar End area. Its immediate use was to inform the design and layout of the new Sport & 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, Hampshire County Council and the University of Winchester.


Key meeting dates

Willmott Dixon are holding regular drop in events advertised through a residents newsletter. Local residents are welcome to join the team for a coffee and catch up on how the project is going and for Willmott Dixon to understand how they are operating within the community.