Vision of a sustainable Winchester
To create a sustainable Winchester, new developments must meet WinACC's criteria on:
1) Development Location, Density & Orientation.
2) Building Design
3) Embedded Carbon & Materials Selection
4) Energy Generation, Supply & Export
5) Transport & Civic Amenities
As the new City Council prepares to review its car parking strategy, WinACC publishes a substantial report on car parks in and near Winchester town.
A report scoring town centres for vitality shows that Winchester is not achieving the levels of retail vitality we could hope for given its median income levels. A traffic-free centre could well improve retail performance.
A 2015 University of California study on the relationship between active cities (with a lot of walking, cycling and public transport) and economic prosperity shows very clear findings based on ‘strong’ evidence that active cities are good for business. Well worth a good look.
WinACC's chair Tony Stoller asked Cabinet for the brief for development of Winchester station area to include a requirement to contribute to a lower carbon Winchester. WinACC is pleased that Councillors promised to make sure that the brief was amended to reflect the City Council's policies on a low carbon economy and a low carbon Winchester District.
We have UK, European and global targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the proportion of the energy we use that comes from renewable sources. WinACC has developed plans to show how we in Winchester District could do our fair share. This isn't a blue-print. If you don't like our suggestions about how to hit the targets, come and argue for something else - provided that it adds up to our fair share!
WinACC has responded to the Winchester City Council consultation on the Local Plan Part 2 – Development Management and Site Allocations (LPP2).
Eighty people crammed into St Lawrence’s Parish Room on Saturday 7 June to launch a major debate on the best way for Winchester District to do our fair share to meet our climate change targets.
WinACC's Renewable Energy Action group has drafted a strategy to move foward the shift to renewable energy in Winchester District. It is about financial investment and sustainable economic growth.
Walking is the most sustainable form of transport; it is also the cheapest and it promotes health. Winchester is a walkable city; attractive and almost all the built up area is within a 30 minute walk from the city centre.
We believe that these ten principles should define the future development of Winchester.
We hope they stimulate your thoughts on this subject at the meeting on 6 November.
We want a sustainable, enjoyable and socially fair city that retains its historic urban characteristics within its remarkable landscape setting.
More than this, though, we want a city that looks to the future as well as the past (as it always has done), recognising the inescapable pressures for change and the social need for development, but harnessing them to enhance the life and...