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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.

2nd October 2017 Planning Report

Overview
During September we reviewed 44 applications, objected to 5, commented on 17, and made no comment on 22.
There has been nothing of special note amongst these applications, many of which were for very minor items as can be judged from the number of which we made no comment. We continue to see a large number of roof extensions, some better than others, as well a both single and two storey house extensions. In light of this I have a suggestion to float to the Council about collecting examples of the best and worst recent developments in such categories.
The draft of revisions to the PAG guidelines have been available for comment on the Trust website for the past month and we have not received any requests for modification. In (what I hope are) the final documents circulated I have made changes to accommodate comments from Council members. These concerned the statement of our general policy on the website and the conflict of interest section where John Beveridge assisted with the wording to ensure consistency with other Trust documents.
Gill Collymore will accompany me on the annual City coach tour around recent developments on Friday and I will provide a report next month, which I hope might provide copy for Trust News.

Mary Tiles 02/10/17


Update

New Applications

Appeal & Presentation News


3rd November 2017 Planning Report

Overview
During October the Trust reviewed 39 applications, objected to 9, commented on 12, and made no comment on 18. 30 Clifton Road remains controversial. The Trust's position has been supported by John Hearn. The Trust were recently asked by a developer/architect for Trust support for a commercial development behind a building on The Square. There is already a permitted single storey scheme which the Trust found no problem with, but we have not been able to support the two storey version although we have not objected either. The application will be decided by the Planning Committee. The WCC Planning Committee on 16 November will be deciding cases in which the Trust and/or its members might be interested Peter Symonds new Arts Faculty building (17/00964/FUL), the proposed two storey garage at 28 Canon Street (17/01377/HOU) and 12 new houses at 15 Chilbolton Avenue (17/00336/FUL).

Gill Collymore accompanied me on the annual City coach tour around recent developments. We were grateful for the opportunity to view recent developments. The report on it was circulated earlier in October.

Mary Tiles, 03/11/2017


Update

New Applications

Appeal & Presentation News


3rd Dec 2017 Planning Report

Overview
During November we reviewed 53 applications, objected to 5, commented on 23 , and made no comment on 25. As you will have seen from the Report in the Hampshire Chronicle, the new Peter Symonds Arts Faculty building has finally been approved, to the dismay of some local residents. The Trust had not objected to this, feeling that it was a high quality building and that, given the lack of an alternative site that would have received planning permission, the College had done all that it could to minimise impact on residents. It was felt to be important that the College should, as a result, be able to redevelop buildings on the the central campus that would no longer be used by the Arts. This position is very similar to that taken by councillors on he planning committee (which I attended). At this meeting the decision on the development behind 20-21 The Square was deferred for a site visit (after discussion and interventions from Councillor Tait on behalf of the developer/owner). Permission has subsequently been given, contrary to the advice of the City's historic environment officer whose view we had supported. In addition plans for development at 15 Chilbolton Avenue (see above) were approved even though in the Trust's view the proposal was a step backward from the less dense proposal previously approved (15/02884/FUL). Appeal to CALADS by objectors was largely dismissed and the document seems to be seen to be out of date given the change in character of Chilbolton Avenue that is the resulting of the many new developments.

Mary Tiles 03/12/17

Update

New Applications

Appeal & Presentation News