Plan for Central Winchester Regeneration gets broad approval from public meeting

The plan for the regeneration of central Winchester received broad support when a draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the area was presented to Winchester City Council’s Informal Policy Group (IPG) and over 100 members of the public.

The plan will ensure future development in the area is coordinated and includes an extensive urban design framework that supports the creation of a mixed-use, pedestrian friendly quarter. It also sets out the public realm requirements and recommendations for nine distinct areas including the Broadway, Friarsgate and the Antiques Market.

Cllr Caroline Horrill, Leader of the Council, said:“This is a once in a generation opportunity to make positive changes and better use of the city centre area. We are determined to ensure that the development preserves Winchester’s character and protects its heritage.”

Building on the extensive engagement that has already helped to shape the vision, the public, businesses and visitors will have the opportunity to find out more about the plans and give their initial feedback at a drop-in event at Guildhall Winchester on Tuesday 14 November between 4pm and 8pm.

The draft plan (which will need to be reviewed by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee before being approved by Cabinet on 6 December) is set to go out for public consultation from Monday 11 December until 5 February 2018.

The initial draft SPD is available on the Council’s website or visit
and hard copies can also be collected from the City Council’s reception in Colebrook Street which is open Monday to Thursday 8.30am until 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am until 4.30pm.