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

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 (pdf, 297kb) sets out what consultation and engagement has been undertaken to date and how it has influenced the content of the draft plan. 

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.


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.


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 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 - 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
  • IPG held in public to share the consultation themes and actions - 14 May 2018
  • Overview & Scrutiny meeting to review the final draft of the SPD - 4 June 2018
  • Final SPD for approval by Cabinet 20 June 2018
  • SPD finalised and published to website - Summer 2018
  • SPD process challenge period - Summer - Autumn 2018
  • CWR cabinet committee to pick up the next stage of the project - Summer 2018

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, will be presented to Cabinet on 20 June 2018.


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

Access the responses here.

Last Committee Report

Central Winchester Regeneration Informal Policy Group 14 May 2018

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

Next Steps

  • Final SPD approved by Cabinet 20 June 2018