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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.

3rd July 2018 Planning Report

Overview
During June the Trust reviewed 41 applications, objected to 4, commented on 13, and made no comment on 24.
The planning application for the Leisure Centre and Bar End has now been submitted. Comments are due by 18 July. One of our panels has taken a look at it and it could go to another. Shione has circulated it, together with details of the exhibition at the Guildhall last week, to all those who would normally attend presentations and has been collecting any comments. The problem is that the building itself is very complex internally. Externally it is rather a large box and the whole is not easy to assess as it involves over a hundred documents. We have received comments about car parking, both too much and too little. Many people feel that access issues have not been adequately addressed, but it is not clear whether these will be considered as part of the planning application. Details on pedestrian, cycle and public transport access are all notably absent.

Mary Tiles 03/07/18


Update

New Applications

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Aug 2018 Planning Report

Overview
During July the Trust reviewed 13 applications, objected to 1, commented on 7, and made no comment on 5.
The weekly list system is currently not functioning and very few applications have appeared on the public website, so we have reviewed very few applications this month. We don't know what we may be missing. I have spoken to Julie Pinnock about this. For the current week I can see four applications, which still seems a very small number.
The Trust has submitted comments on the Bar End Leisure Centre, some before the deadline of 18 July and others sent to the case officer after a presentation to Trust members by the architects.
I did attend the City Council Planning Committee meeting Thursday 25July at which both St Clements Surgery and the TPO for trees at the Water Garden were discussed as well as the Hampshire Constabulary signage application. The change of use applications (17/03193/FUL from surgery to offices was refused on the grounds that the City wants to ensure that there continues to be a medical practice operating in the city centre, and as yet no deal has been signed on a new site for the practice. (17/03194/FUL was withdrawn.) The TPO for the magnolia trees at the Water Garden was confirmed with at least one councillor supporting the idea that the garden should be preserved. We may however see an application for permission to build on the site.

Mary Tiles, 02/09/2018


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4th Sept 2018 Planning Report

Overview
.During August the Trust reviewed 36 applications, objected to 2, commented on 16, and made no comment on 18.
The weekly list system is, at least partially restored. For August though I have relied on searching back at least 6 weeks to find applications we have not reviewed. I think we are pretty much caught up now and if so this means there has been a drop in the number of applications.

Mary Tiles, 02/09/2018


Update

New Applications

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