We work with policy-makers and decision-makers to make Winchester more sustainable.
Emissions from transport are one of the biggest contributors to climate change, as well as polluting the air we breathe.
And new buildings need to be zero-carbon – in construction, and in the energy needed to heat and run them.
We aim to influence planning for the future. We examine proposals for new building developments, both housing and other schemes, to assess their impact on greenhouse gas emissions. We check that transport proposals are designed for people, not cars, and will make it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport. We also encourage people who live and work locally to make their voice heard about transport and building developments.
Led by our Built Environment and Transport Action Group, we
- show how to make Winchester more sustainable through our research and reports;
- give policy advice to Winchester City Council to help them develop their thinking;
- respond to proposals / initiatives by policy-makers and decision-makers, such as Winchester City Council and Hampshire County Council, and encourage the wider community to take part in public consultations on these issues.
What would a sustainable Winchester City be like?
- Sustainable energy generation and distribution.
- Sustainable new and old buildings.
- A walkable city,with as few motor vehicles as possible within the historic walls.
- Cycle routes in, across and out of the city, both north-south and east-west.
- Good affordable public transport.
- Mixed-use development, so that urban areas remain compact and their setting is preserved, including a mix and distribution of housing and employment.
- Conservation of water resources.
- Encouragement of local food – production and sale.
- Preserving and enhancing the character of the citya nd the countryside, including tree planting that perpetuates the green character of Winchester city and enhances enjoyment of walking and cycling.
- Design of housing and transport that encourages neighbourliness and facilitates the well-being of residents.