Central Winchester Regeneration

The Council is seeking the comprehensive redevelopment of the Central Winchester area. This section contains all of the latest information on the Central Winchester Regeneration Project.
Emerging design for Central Winchester Regeneration

Formal Consultation & Preliminary comments 

The formal consultation on the draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)  (pdf, 68.8mb) starts on 11 December 2017.

If you'd like to have your say on the draft SPD before the formal consultation starts, please do so via the online survey here.

If you’d prefer to send in a form to share your views, please use this form (pdf, 880kb).

Look out for announcements on our website for the formal consultation launching in December 2017 and the dates of the touring exhibition planned for January 2018.


The Central Winchester Regeneration project will create a city centre which delivers for the people who live, work, study or visit here. We must preserve what makes Winchester special and build upon its distinctive style so our city stands out from other destinations in the region.

The vision for the centre includes proposals which balance retail, market, commercial, cultural, housing and community uses in a new city quarter. The new developments need to be economically viable and work for the city.

Maintaining what makes Winchester special with the character and scale of the buildings and streets is important. It’s a special site and we must get it right.

With a mix of active and restful spaces, opening up of the brook to the east of the site and developing the public realm the city centre will bring together the culture and history that has shaped Winchester in its natural environment.



  • Project summary
    The first stage of the Central Winchester Regeneration project is to develop a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to act as a new planning brief for the area of Silver Hill and its environs.  The SPD will have the benefit of a formal status in the local planning system.  An Informal Policy Group (IPG) has been established to develop the SPD which will then be considered by Cabinet for adoption. The SPD will set out the type and layout of land uses that could be built on the site and will help to ensure that the development is fit for the future and will rejuvenate such a prominent part of the City. The IPG has commissioned JTP an award-winning ‘placemaking’ practice of architects and masterplanners to work with the Council to formulate the SPD. This process will include public and stakeholder engagement and commissioning of studies and assessments to inform the development of the SPD. It is intended to complete this work by spring 2018.
Central Winchester Regeneration details

Portfolio Holder

Cllr Caroline Horrill

Start Date


Key Steps/Milestones

Final SPD approved by Cabinet Spring / Summer 2018

Current Status

  • Cabinet Project Initiation: 29 March 2016 – completed
  • Inaugural IPG Meeting: 13 September 2016 - completed
  • Workshop to discuss the public engagement strategy: 3 October 2016 - completed
  • IPG Meeting on archaeology and discussion of brief to commission work: 18 October 2016 - completed
  • IPG Meeting on bus facilities: 8 November 2016 - completed
  • Commission urban design practice with experience in public engagement- November 2016 - completed
  • Commission series of technical studies on key issues: November 2016 – autumn 2017 - on-going
  • Public engagement: February- March 2017 - completed
  • Community Planning Weekend - 24/25 March 2017 - completed
  • Engagement with stakeholder groups - completed
  • Vision for SPD - presented to IPG 4 July 2017 - completed
  • Preparation of and consultation on draft SPD: April - November 2017 - on-going
  • Report of progress to IPG - 25 September 2017
  • Presentation of draft SPD to IPG - 30 October 2017
  • Approval to consult on draft SPD sought from cabinet - 6 December 2017
  • Formal consultation December 2017 - February 2018
  • Final SPD approved by Cabinet Spring / Summer 2018

Latest Status

The City Council has commissioned JTP (www.jtp.co.uk), an award-winning ‘placemaking’ practice of architects and masterplanners, to work with the Council and wider community to create a Supplementary Planning Document which will set out a vision for the future development of central Winchester through collaborative planning and consultation.

JTP has formed a strong team to work on the commission with Hampshire based Snug Architects and Ubu Design Ltd together with consultancies with expertise in commercial property, movement and infrastructure. 

The Draft SPD has been made public ahead of formal consultation.


Information on how to get involved can be found on the Engagement and Consultation page.

Formal public consultation starts no 11 December 2017

Last Committee Report

Central Winchester Regeneration Informal Policy Group 30 October 2017

For details on the Central Winchester Regeneration Informal Policy Group, it’s members and it’s meetings please see this link.

Next Steps

  • Cabinet approval to commence formal consultation 6 December 2017
  • Formal consultation begins December 2017
  • Formal consultation ends February 2018
  • Final SPD approved by Cabinet spring/summer 2018


Further Information

Main project page: www.centralwinchesterregen.co.uk/