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Planning Applications


Some of the most important and influential work of the Trust is in its appraisal of planning applications. The Trust makes carefully considered comments on planning applications taking into account the Planning Policies, the context of the proposal and the effect on its surroundings. To review Planning Applications, the Trust has four Viewing Panels, each with a lay chairman, an architect (normally retired) and two further lay members. The Viewing Panels have written guidelines and check list.

One of the Panels meets each week in the City Planning Office to consider the Planning Applications within the wards of Winchester City and the Panel may also make site visits. The full list of planning applications and the decisions made by the Planning Department are on the Winchester City Council's Website.

The Trust Viewing Panels see between 40 and 60 applications per month, the majority of which are for shop signs, small extensions, conservatories and the like, on which we make no comment. Where we think improvements could be made to the scheme, or it might possibly have a detrimental effect on neighbouring properties, we suggest what might be done to improve it - again, these are usually small relatively uncontroversial proposals. We comment in more detail on the remaining applications, which we feel would have an effect, good or bad, on the immediate area or Winchester as a whole. It is a sad reflection on the standard of design that very few schemes deserve unqualified praise, and consequently most of the applications listed are those to which we have made an objection. The Chairman of the Planning Appraisal Group, Mary Tiles, reports the comments, including any formal objections, to the City Council and, each month to the CWT Council. The monthly reports produced are posted on this website.

The date associated with the applications in the lists on this web site are the dates the application was initially published by Winchester Council Planning Department. The case number is the reference to the application given by Winchester Planning Department. Several of the monthly Planning Reports presented to the Trust Council are shown below.

To explore comments made by the Trust the latest City of Winchester website planning search provides a search facility to find past applications for a property in Winchester and the details include Trust comments.

Mar 2019 Planning Report

Overview
During February the Trust reviewed 36 applications, objected to 5, commented on 16, and made no comment on 15. Panels are now meeting at The Heritage centre.
A presentation has been arranged on Thursday 7 March at 6pm at the Heritage Centre for the development of the Pentargon site at Sleepers Hill.
We have seen relatively few applications for multiple dwellings but we are seeing applications for ever larger extensions, more for second storey extensions, and some for front extensions. In addition of course there is the continual use, and approval of boxy roof conversions.

Mary Tiles, 01/03/2019


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2th Apr 2019 Planning Report

Overview
During March the Trust reviewed 39 applications, objected to 1, commented on 18, and made no comment on 20.
There are few noticeable trends to note, except perhaps the continued pressure placed on housing by the demand for student accommodation. Otherwise many of the applications reviewed have been for relatively minor modifications. Those that are not made more difficult to object to because of relaxation of the permitted development rules, which may soon be further relaxed if the government has its way.

Mary Tiles, 02/04/2019


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7th May 2019 Planning Report

Overview
During April we reviewed 36 applications, objected to 12, commented on 5, and made no comment on 19. The Response to Station Approach is not included here although the application was reviewed by two PAG panels whose comments fed in to the Trust response (circulated separately).
The Trust seem to have objected to an unusually high proportion of the reviewed applications this month, which has seen an increase in requests to remove conditions previously attached to approvals and of requests, made by developers, to demolish existing houses and replace with relatively dense developments (there are two more in the pipeline). The Trust is not in principle opposed to dense development and has in fact argued that for new developments, such as Barton Farm, the density should be increased. But on many infill sites developers are trying to cram too much onto a single small site without really paying enough attention to the character of the neighbourhood, the layout of the site (including the orientation of the houses), and the quality of the buildings themselves. Often it seems that the motive is to make the maximum profit (which from a developer's point of view may be rational) rather than to deliver good quality but still affordable housing that works for the neighbourhood. For a planning system to be justified it has to balance out the competing interests and provide a counterbalance to the natural inclination of developers, or others seeking to maximise their profit from land, which is often itself overpriced.

Mary Tiles 03/05/2019


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