Winchester City Council has now progressed to the next stage of preparation of its Local Plan Part 2 - Development Management and Site Allocations.

The Local Plan Part 2 (LPP2) allocates sites for development and includes a comprehensive set of development management policies that will replace the remaining “saved” policies from the Winchester District Local Plan Review (2006). 

It covers the part of the District that lies outside the South Downs National Park. The National Park Authority has commenced preparation of its own local plan with a view to adoption by 2017.

The Plan, which includes the written statement and policies map, together with the Sustainability Appraisal / Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA) and the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), is available for comment for a period of 6 weeks from 6 November until noon Monday 21 December 2015.

These and other supporting documents can be viewed online on the Winchester City Council website.

 A paper copy of The Plan and non-technical summary of the SA/SEA can be inspected at Winchester City Council’s City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm or at the following libraries:-

  • Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester
  • Stanmore Community Library, Carroll Centre, Somers Close
  • Alresford Library, Broad Street, New Alresford
  • Bishops Waltham Library, Free Street, Bishops Waltham
  • Waterlooville Library, The Precinct, Waterlooville
  • Eastleigh Library, The Swan Centre, Eastleigh
  • Fareham Library, Osborn Road, Fareham

Please check Hampshire County Council website for up to date opening times. 

Comments should be sent using the form provided on the website and be submitted online or by email to LPP2@winchester.gov.uk.  Completed paper forms, which are available at the places where the Plan can be inspected should be returned to City Offices, at the above address, all responses must be received no later than noon 21st December 2015. 

All the comments the City Council receives will be publicly available and will be included on their website.

The City of Winchester Trust and WinACC will make their own responses but it is useful for individuals to respond with their own views.

To respond to the consultation:

a)      Identify which parts of the plan you object to
b)      Fill in a form about each thing that you are objecting to. You can't bring up something at the hearing if you have not mentioned it in your form.
c)      Give a headline reason e.g. “it is unsound because it conflicts with x”. You don't necessarily need to go into detail about your objections, this can be done at the Examination in Public.
d)      Object everywhere there is a cross reference to ensure that you can speak wherever relevant.
e)      Tick the box that says you want to appear at the Examination in Public (you can always change your mind later).

There is a section and box on the Sustainability Assessment.

All objectors that have asked to appear are invited to pre-hearing, which is when objections can be made in more detail.

The inspector and programme officer decide on the matters and issues to be examined. If your issue isn't there, contact the programme officer and say that you said you wanted to talk about X and please add it to the programme.

f)       Read guidance about how to respond.

Reasons for objection

 The website for the National Planning Policy Framework for England and planning practice guidance says:

“ The Local Plan will be examined by an independent inspector whose role is to assess whether the plan has been prepared in accordance with the Duty to Cooperate, legal and procedural requirements, and whether it is sound. A local planning authority should submit a plan for examination which it considers is “sound” – namely that it is:

  • Positively prepared – the plan should be prepared based on a strategy which seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements, including unmet requirements from neighbouring authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development;
  • Justified – the plan should be the most appropriate strategy, when considered against the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence;
  • Effective – the plan should be deliverable over its period and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities; and
  • Consistent with national policy – the plan should enable the delivery of sustainable development in accordance with the policies in the Framework.”