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.
CWR SPD Framework plan
CWR public realm framework plan

SPD approved by Cabinet

The Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the Central Winchester Regeneration (CWR) area was adopted by Winchester City Council on June 20 2018. The CWR SPD supplements the policies within the adopted Local Plan (Parts 1 and 2) and sets out a vision, objectives and planning and urban design framework for the future development of the Central Winchester Regeneration area.  The SPD provides supplementary planning advice and guidance to prospective developers for regeneration within this part of Winchester and has been informed by an extensive community planning and consultation process. 

The final and amended version of SPD approved by cabinet and the associated documents can be accessed here.

Short and medium term development opportunities

Throughout the regeneration, the Council will be looking for short and medium term development opportunities to ensure it continues to thrive for residents, tourists and businesses. Some of the improvements include:

·         Improving the overall look and feel of the public realm, including the Broadway

·         Working with Winchester School of Art to incorporate artwork on the site

·         Refurbishing the Antiques Market to meet the needs of the anticipated new arts-based tenant

·         Redeveloping Coitbury House into modern office accommodation

·         Negotiating with businesses interested in using vacant office and shop space until the buildings are needed for redevelopment.

Three advisory panels

These panels have been formed by the Cabinet (CWR) Committee to consider and provide comment which the Committee will consider when decision making. More may follow as the project progresses.

The three new panels will focus on:

• Coitbury House

• Meanwhile Uses

• Lower High Street and Broadway public realm

Each advisory panel will comprise local experts (such as architects), officers, local

community/interest groups and cross-party members.

The panels will report back to Cabinet (CWR) Committee with their views and updates.

(These panels were created in September 2018)

Each panel adheres to its terms of reference which are accessible here.

Latest news and meetings

For all the information on the latest information on this project:

Cabinet (Central Winchester Regeneration) Committee meetings

Central Winchester Regeneration news

Formal Consultation

The formal consultation on the draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)  (pdf, 68.8mb)started on 11 December 2017 and closed at noon on Monday 5 February 2018. The formal consultation is now closed. 

We have compiled the responses and you can access them on the consultation page.

The Consultation Statement sets out what consultation and engagement has been undertaken and how it influenced the content of the SPD. 

Events have been held across the district where residents and visitors came to see the details of the SPD and meet and talk with the officers from the council.

Background

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.

Timeline

CWR timeline May18

 

  • 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 has the benefit of a formal status in the local planning system.  An Informal Policy Group (IPG) was established to develop the SPD which has now been considered and adopted by Cabinet on Wednesday 20 June 2018. The SPD sets 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 final, fully designed version which incorporates all of the final amends can be accessed on this page under the section, SPD approved by Cabinet. The IPG commissioned JTP an award-winning ‘placemaking’ practice of architects and masterplanners to work with the Council to formulate the SPD. The full process included public and stakeholder engagement and commissioning of studies and assessments to inform the development of the SPD.
Central Winchester Regeneration details

Portfolio Holder

Cllr Caroline Horrill

Start Date

29/03/2016

Key Steps/Milestones

 

Current Status

  • Final SPD approved by Cabinet 20 June 2018 - completed
  • SPD process challenge period - Summer - Autumn 2018 - in progress
  • CWR cabinet committee to pick up the next stage of the project - Summer 2018 - in progress

Milestones completed

  • 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 - completed
  • 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 - completed
  • Report of progress to IPG - 25 September 2017 - completed
  • Presentation of draft SPD to IPG - 30 October 2017 - completed
  • Approval to consult on draft SPD sought from cabinet - 6 December 2017 - approved
  • Formal consultation 11 December 2017 - noon 5 February 2018 - now closed
  • IPG held in public to share archaeology recommendations and consultation response themes - 19 March 2018 - completed
  • IPG held in public to share the consultation themes and actions - 14 May 2018 - completed
  • Overview & Scrutiny meeting to review the final draft of the SPD - 4 June 2018 - completed
  • Final SPD approved by Cabinet 20 June 2018 - completed
  • SPD finalised and published to website - Summer 2018 - completed

Latest Status

The City Council 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 set out a vision for the future development of central Winchester through collaborative planning and consultation.

JTP 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 was made public ahead of formal consultation, and was out for formal consultation from 11 December 2017 until noon on Monday 5 February 2018.

The consultation is now closed. You can access the responses here.

Once the responses were received, they were compiled into themes and shared with the IPG in meetings held in public on 19 March 2018, and 14 May 2018.

The revised SPD, highlighting all the changes that are proposed to be made to it, was presented to Cabinet on 20 June 2018, where it was adopted.

Consultation

Formal public consultation started on 11 December 2017 and closed at noon on Monday 5 February 2018.

Access the responses here.

Last Committee Report

Cabinet (Central Winchester Regeneration) Committee 10 July 2018

For details on the Central Winchester Regeneration Cabinet Committee, it’s members and it’s meetings please see this link.

Next Steps

  • Final SPD approved by Cabinet 20 June 2018 - completed
  • SPD process challenge period - Summer - Autumn 2018 - in progress
  • CWR cabinet committee to pick up the next stage of the project - Summer 2018 - in progress