Major development update

Station Approach - the Trust has submitted a formal objection to the City Council’s outline planning application for the redevelopment of the area around Winchester’s railway station. The application is for a mixed use development, with buildings up to 5 storeys above ground, office space, so-called mixed uses (such as retail, restaurant/cafe, bar and leisure) and up to 135 car parking spaces. The old registry office will be retained and refurbished.

While the Trust welcomes the decision to keep the old registry office, we have significant concerns over the number of car parking spaces, the scale of the buildings and their impact on the area, the appropriateness/overall impression as an important gateway to Winchester, plans for pedestrian routes, cycle provision and public realm (including removal of trees), the management of traffic flow in the station forecourt and surrounding streets and the process. Click here to read our objection in full.

Progress on the redevelopment of the centre of Winchester (known now as Central Winchester Regeneration) seems to have stalled.  The Trust was disappointed in the final version of the Supplementary Planning Document that was approved by the City Council, which we feel is weaker than the original draft.  The City Council now seems to be concentrating on taking forward work on issues that need addressing now, and has set up three advisory panels on the renovation of Coitbury House, so-called meanwhile (ie temporary) issues and Lower High Street/Broadway.  The Trust is represented on all three panels.