City of Winchester Trust
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Major Issues

The current major issues for the City of Winchester Trust, include:

Planning Policies

The Trust continually views with close attention the planning policies, particularly relating to housing numbers, required of local authorities by central government. The Trust monitors the City and County councils’ policy reviews and is responding in detail to consultations on the Local Development Framework. The Trust is particularly concerned to preserve the character of Winchester and to prevent development which will harm the city’s unique setting.

Specific immediate concerns include:

Station Approach where the design competition is nearing completion;

The Care Home now being built in Chesil Street;

The Leisure Centre at Bar End and consequential changes at River Park;

Central Area Regeneration including the abandoned Silver Hill development in a larger area of the city centre.

In the longer term, the Trust continues to monitor the housing development at Barton Farm, and is concerned at the prospect of any development at Bushfield and Pitt Vale or elsewhere in the City's landscape setting.

Climate Change and Sustainable Development

The Trust recognises the implications of climate change and supports sustainable development to the highest standards notwithstanding the need to maintain a sensitive approach, particularly with regard to the Conservation Area. The Trust is a member of the 2020 Steering Group in partnership with Winchester Action on Climate Change (WINACC), which was formed in 2010 to promote a sustainable future for Winchester, taking into account the multiple pressures and consequences of growth.