Winchester District Local Plan Part 1 – Joint Core Strategy
The Winchester District Core Strategy has recently been renamed as Winchester District Local Plan Part 1 – Joint Core Strategy, to reflect the changes in Government policy and the emphasis on localism and local plans.
Work on the Local Plan Part 1 has been in progress since 2006 and, following extensive community engagement and technical evidence, has reached a stage where it is ready to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Examination. However, before the Examination a further period for submission of representations is required to be undertaken, where formal representations are requested on whether the Local Plan Part 1 is ‘sound’.
‘Soundness’ is a key test that the Local Plan Part 1 must pass before being adopted by the Council and covers the following specific matters:
Justified – based on robust and up to date evidence
Effective – capable of being delivered and monitored
Consistent with National Policy
The period for representations will commence on 25 January 2012, when the Local Plan Part 1 and supporting documents will be accessible on the Council’s website at www.winchester.gov.uk/jointcorestrategy
Everyone that has commented on the Core Strategy in the past will be notified of this stage and documents can be viewed, downloaded or responded to online. The papers will also be available for inspection at the City Council offices in Winchester and at the South Downs National Park Authority’s offices in Midhurst.
Representations must be made by 5pm on Monday 12 March 2012 – late representations will not be accepted. All representations will be considered by the independent Inspector appointed to hold the Examination, before it starts in July 2012. The Inspector will decide which issues they wish to examine further and who they will want to invite to take part in the Examination.
Annual Monitoring Report
The Council completed its Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) in December 2011 as required by Government guidance and this has now been placed on the Council’s web site.
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)
The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) is an important part of the evidence base for the Local Plan. It identifies sites submitted to the Council for consideration as potential development allocations, although it does not reach conclusions on whether the sites should be allocated or not. The latest update of the SHLAA (November 2011) is now on the Council’s web site, along with a Site Submission Form 2012 for anyone wishing to submit sites for future consideration.
A number of Parish Councils are showing interest in developing Neighbourhood Plans following the introduction of the Localism Act. Although Government regulations and advice on Neighbourhood Plans have not yet been finalised, the City Council is considering how it can help with their production and is working with the Winchester District Association of Local Councils on a training event.
A formal Neighbourhood Plan may not be the right form of community planning for some areas and the Council continues to work with Parish Councils and local neighbourhoods on Parish Plans, Market Town Health Checks, Village Design Statements, etc. The Council has recently adopted the following design statements as Supplementary Planning Documents:
- St Giles Hill, Winchester Neighbourhood Design Statement
- Compton & Shawford Village Design Statement
Strategic Planning Team
Winchester City Council
Tel: 01962 840 222