A Winchester City Council event to set out the planning issues currently facing Winchester town and to give you the opportunity to discuss them, and contribute to developing the Local Plan Part 2, which will include detailed planning policies for the next 15-20 years.
There will be a meeting aimed at each of the Winchester wards and parishes that form the built-up area of Winchester. Those so far fixed are:
- 24 February 7.30 p.m. at St Barnabas Church Hall (meeting focusing on St Barnabas Ward and Harestock).
- 24 February 7.30 p.m. at St Mark’s Church, Oliver’s Battery (meeting focusing on Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery).
- 27 February 3.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. at Stanmore Primary School (drop-in session focusing on St Luke Ward).
- 4 March 7.30 p.m. Westgate School (meeting focused on St Paul Ward).
City Council Officers will give an update on the current planning situation in the local area and outline the next steps in preparing the Local Plan Part 2. This will provide an opportunity to discuss local needs and future planning issues in the area, particularly those that can be addressed through the Local Plan.
The Council’s Local Plan Part 1, adopted in 2013, establishes the planning strategy for Winchester, including housing targets for the next 20 years, together with a requirement for sufficient land available to meet economic and retail needs.
Here are some ideas from WinACC about what you might want to mention:
- We need to consider the city as a whole with an overall strategic plan – it's not enough to look at it word by word
- Density – new housing should be in streets like Hyde and Fulflood, not spread out
- District heating is better for the environment and needs to be part of the requirements of all new developments, whether housing or commercial
- The Local Plan requirements for energy-saving (eg solar panels on roofs, double-glaing are currently over-ruled by Conservation Officers; Winchester City Council needs to make a decision about how it reconciles conflicts on these matters
- Walking – improve pavements and signs, and give higher priority to people on foot, in wheelchairs and assistance dogs (guide and hearing).
- Cycling – create through routes
- Public transport – they should design streets and the station so that people canchange from train to bus easily
- Cars - extend 20 mh zone