City of Winchester Trust
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Winchester Heart of a City

Aims of the Trust

The City of Winchester Trust was set up in 1957 after the public failed to stop the demolition of the Brooks Area of the City. Our main aim today is to preserve the distinctive and evolving character of the city, by seeking to influence the decisions of both City and County, Councils and the proposals of developers. This is achieved by:

monitoring the long term plans contained in the ongoing SE Region and Winchester District Local Plans.

examining all planning applications affecting the city and submitting spoken and written comments where appropriate.

drafting guidelines, briefs and policies for future planning developments.

carrying out our own or commissioning independent surveys when we have doubts about others.

liaising with other organisations

These include:-
Civic Voice
Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust
Hampshire Gardens Trust

Keeping Members Informed

The Trust considers it to be most important to keep its members fully informed of the Trust's activities, and to encourage the active participation of those members. This is done by means of:

The Website
Members Meeting
Policy Papers
Special Meetings
The Annual General Meeting
The Annual Report
Guided summer evening walks
Press releases, letters and articles for the media
Organised Visits

The archives section includes considerable information about Winchester including extensive images showing Winchester past and recent

Chairman Jottings

Coitbury House

At first sight this is not a building that makes you jump for joy. For me the building contributes very little to the surrounding area. However, the surrounds are poor and detract from the Winchester scene. On closer examination Coitbury House does have merits and one begins to recognise that with imaginative restoration, the building could make a positive contribution.

The building is surprisingly well built, with, in particular, excellent well-laid expensive (in today's market) brickwork. The building is robust and has many, many years of life left, so l consider that the Local Authority has made a good decision to keep and enhance the building. Coitbury House is the first move in the effort to restore this central area of Winchester and as such it is going to be an important marker for development to come.

The building sits on the northern edge of the central area development zone and faces onto Friarsgate. The buildings immediately around are likely to be demolished and replaced so the new development will no doubt have to relate to the context provided by Coitbury House. It also means that the most important elevation of the building will face south and the presentation of this elevation therefore becomes very important.

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Recent News

Summer Walks 2019 - CWT have announced an initial list of walks for 2019. more....

Vision for Winchester report of launch - CWT aunched their "Vision for Winchester" on 21st February more....

Vision for Winchester launch - CWT are launching their "Vision for Winchester" with copies available for members and a presentation on 21st February more....

Further News

Recent Papers

Report to Overview & Scrutiny Committee on Station Approach 13.12.18 more....

Report on the WinACC - CWT meeting to discuss Movement Strategy 1st Dec 2018 more....

Report on Local Distinctiveness 12th Sept 2018 more....

Report on the Civic Voice ' Conservation Regeneration' conference October 2018 more....

Report on the annual WCC Coach Tour of recent developments more....

CWT's Report on training day for Winchester Future 50 on 21st September more....

Report on the new Leisure Centre Framework Meeting more....

CWT have produced a response to Central Winchester Regeneration Area consultation more....

Members Meeting on Central Winchester Regeneration Area consultation more....

Taking Cycling Seriously more....

CWT Station Approach revised plan more....

CWT comments on WCC draft Strategy more....

CWT Station Approach review more....

Station Approach so far more....

President: Professor Joy Carter, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester   Chairman: Keith Leaman  
Hon Treasurer: Nick Gibbins    Secretary: Tessa Robertson    Reg. in England No.609812   Reg. Charity No. 251798