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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

As I am sure everybody is aware by now, there are a number of proposed development projects, which are under consideration at this time. There are also a number of development projects that are waiting in the wings.

In order to make certain we cover the progress of the projects we have put together a team of three for each. The teams consist of a planner, an architect and a Trust member. The team will report back to the Trust with recommendations for comments and forward those comments to the local authority if felt necessary.

Because these projects have a major impact on the City, we will be informing our members of the progress and our proposed comments as the schemes evolve. Our communication to you all will be via our website and the TrustNews, so please monitor the website and read the TrustNews! Any comments you may have, please contact the Trust Secretary. The year 2018 is likely to be busy!

One of our teams is monitoring the progress of the movement strategic study, currently being considered by both Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council. Under consideration will be vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian movement. Car parking is part of the remit. Research is currently under way and this includes not just the City but the district as well. I must admit that although one welcomes such a study, and the Trust has been calling for a strategy for some time, we are a little puzzled that major project ‘master plans’ are underway without an overall strategic thinking in place - this seems like the cart before the horse!

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Recent News

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


2018 AGM - CWT AGM will be held at Milner Hall on Monday 24th September. more....

Summer Walks 2018 - CWT have announced further walks for 2018 upto 9th August. more....

Press Release for Ebook - CWT have produced an Ebook version of Andrew Rutter's book 'Winchester Heart of a City'. more....

Winchester win Civic Voice Award - CWT's nomination of Winchester University Chapel wins top design award more....

The Big Conservation Conversation -
The view of the City of Winchester Trust to the Big Conservation Conversation. more....

Cards and Prints for Sale -
CWT have a number of cards and prints available for sale. 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