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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.

6th February 2018 Planning Report

Overview
During January the Trust reviewed 48 applications, objected to 9, commented on 18 , and made no comment on 20. There has been an unusual number rather difficult, possibly contentious cases this month. One, which was featured the Hampshire Chronicle before we had chance to look at the application was for the proposed hotel on the High Street. This, as well as the case of the Dance Academy on St Paul's Hill, raises a question about what PAG chairs should be told about the Trust's position on city centre parking, since we need to aim for consistency. Do we take it that if traffic is to be discouraged in the city centre then there should be no requirement that housing (or a hotel) comes with parking provision, so we should not object on grounds of lack of adequate parking? Perhaps we need to be more insistent on the need for adequate bicycle storage.
One trend we have noticed in recent applications is toward 2 storey extensions. Previously we have seen many single story extensions, most of which are approved if they are not excessive. But 2 storey extensions can be much more problematic for neighbours as well as, in many cases, fundamentally changing the appearance of a house.

Mary Tiles, 05/02/2018


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6th Mar 2018 Planning Report

Overview
During February the Trust reviewed 41 applications, objected to 4, commented on 22 , and made no comment on 15.
The City Council has published its Summary of Appeals for 1 April 2017 - 31 December 2017.
4 were dismissed (Land to the rear of 24 St Catherines Road; 25 Sussex Street; 93 Wavell Way ; Wessex Skin Clinic, 9-10 Norman Road TPO).
1 was withdrawn (Land at Vale Farm, Romsey Road, Pitt).
1 was allowed (64 Chilbolton Avenue).
Again this month we have had a mixture of very routine applications mixed with others that have been quite tricky to assess and some which have the potential to be quite controversial. The Trust are grateful to our reviewing panels for the way in which they endeavour to come to an objective assessment, but the subjective element cannot be entirely eliminated when it come to matters of design, style and fit with the surroundings (6 West End Terrace, and 10 Compton Road might be cases in point). The Trust do try to ensure that potentially controversial applications are reviewed by two separate panels.

Mary Tiles 01/03/18

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3rd April 2018 Planning Report

Overview
During March the Trust reviewed 47 applications, objected to 4, commented on 25, and made no comment on 18.
As mentioned previously, we are seeing a trend toward larger extensions more of which are two storey. Some extensions have been on recently built houses. It would be interesting to know what is driving this trend and whether, for example, estate agents are suggesting people buy with a view to extending, whether people with families are wanting to be nearer the City centre, or whether this is just a consequence of the desire to live in larger spaces. By contrast we see developers acquiring properties on large plots, knocking down the original dwelling and redeveloping, at higher density, or acquiring land and that used to be part of a large garden and building on that. The net result is that over time the City, as a built up area, is gradually being developed to a higher density, with some new smaller houses or flats, but at the same time some once modest, mostly older, houses being being significantly extended.

Mary Tiles 01/04/18


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New Applications

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