Following the adoption of Local Plan Part 1 (Joint Core Strategy) in March 2013, the City Council is working with parish councils, communities and other organisations to determine the specific development needs of the larger settlements in the District. Local Plan Part 2 (‘LPP2’) will set out detailed development management policies and allocate new development sites for a range of uses for that part of the District outside the South Downs National Park (SDNP). The SDNP Authority is preparing its own (single) Local Plan, including site allocations, with adoption planned for 2017.
The focus so far in LPP2 has been on those settlements that need to meet the housing targets set by Policies WT1 and MTRA2 of Part 1. LPP2 will also determine the amounts and locations (if required) for other forms of development and recreational open space.
Throughout 2013 several meetings were held with the relevant Parish Councils to determine the development strategy for the ‘Policy MTRA2’ settlements. In September 2013, this process culminated in a series of workshops which concluded on proposed strategies. The housing requirement over the plan period (2011 – 2031) for the market towns of Bishop’s Waltham and New Alresford is about 500 dwellings each. For the larger villages (Colden Common, Denmead, Kings Worthy, Swanmore, Waltham Chase and Wickham), the equivalent figure is about 250 dwellings.
Denmead Parish Council are preparing their own Neighbourhood Plan that will sit alongside LPP2, but which is subject to a separate process of preparation and consultation. A consultation draft of the Neighbourhood Plan is expected to be published in March 2014. Further information is available on theDenmead Neighbourhood Forum website.
LPP1 also requires the provision of 4,000 new dwellings in the Winchester Town area. A significant proportion already has planning consent, including 2,000 homes at Barton Farm. Other major sites expected to come forward include Silver Hill, the Police Headquarters and Pitt Manor. Once allowance is made for other sites, including windfalls, it is unlikely that further significant greenfield allocations will be needed, but work will continue to see whether this is the case. A workshop event was held with the Town Forum and other key stakeholders in January 2014 to give an update and discuss the development strategy for the town.
LPP2 will also need to identify sufficient land to meet the sustainable economic growth of Winchester. To assist this process, several evidence studies have recently been completed or are in the final stages of completion. These include the Station Approach Development Assessment, the Parking Strategy, an updated Retail Study and the Stanmore Planning Framework.
Except for Denmead, the Parish Councils are now in the process of consulting their communities on the preferred housing sites / options that have emerged from the workshop discussions (this has been completed in some villages). The results of these consultations, along with ongoing studies of site availability, the land use requirements for Winchester Town and the formulation of development management policies, will inform the preparation of the first draft of the LPP2 document. This is programmed for Council approval as soon as is practical after the May 2014 elections and will subsequently be published for six weeks’ consultation. Full details of the LPP2 timetable are contained in the new 2014 Local Development Scheme.
The LPP2 pages on the Council website feature various studies and reports specific to Winchester Town, the market towns and larger villages. This evidence base continues to be expanded and refined as more up-to-date information becomes available.