Winchester City Council have published its latest Consultation entitled Strategic Options and Priorities. This forms part of the Local Plan Review. The Deadline for comments is the 12 April 2021.

The City Council has to allocate sufficient land to satisfy its housing and employment needs up to 2036.  The government has provided definitive guidance on the numbers but there will be a need to provide significant land for housing and commercial uses.

The Consultation puts forward 4 Approaches to guide new development:

Approach 1: Development Strategy based on the approach in the existing Local Plan of distributing development to the sustainable hierarchy of settlements

Approach 2: To focus development on Winchester itself as the largest most sustainable settlement;

Approach 3: A strategy that includes one or more completely new strategic allocation or new settlement; and

Approach 4: To disperse development around the district largely in proportion to the size of the existing settlements

Please contact us at BJC Planning should you require any representations to be made in respect of this Consultation. This is a significant opportunity to influence the future direction of development and is especially important if you have any land in Winchester District which you would like to promote for development.