The Winchester District Local Plan Part 1 - Joint Core Strategy covers Winchester District including the area that now lies in the South Downs National Park (SDNP) and has been adopted both by Winchester City Council and by the SDNP Authority. The area covered by the SDNP will have its own Local Plan in due course, which will then supersede the part of this Plan covering the National Park.
The Local Plan Part 1 is the long term strategic plan for development within Winchester District, and includes the strategic vision, objectives and the key policies needed to achieve sustainable development in Winchester District to 2031. It identifies the amount of development, broad locations for change, growth and protection, including allocating strategic sites. Local Plan Part 1 does not allocate smaller sites or set development management policies as these will be agreed through Local Plan Part 2.
To get to this stage of the Local Plan, a considerable amount of work and consultation has been carried out, including; Frontloading; Issues and Options; Preferred Option; Blueprint; Plans4Places; and Pre-Submission.
The Plan was subject to Examination by an independent Inspector during October/November 2012. The Council received the Planning Inspector's final report on 11th February 2013 and subsequently adopted the Plan on 20 March 2013. The adopted version of the Plan is available to view / download on the Local Plan Part 1 page below.
The statutory documents which comprise the Development Plan are currently:
In applying the Development Plan, the Council needs to take account of government policy. There is one area in particular where this has changed since adoption of Local Plan Part 1 as follows: