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The City of Winchester Trust Ltd



1957   The Trust was formed in 1957 to save three modest houses in Upper Brook Street. It was not successful but did create a new desire to preserve the best of old Winchester, particularly the little houses in the centre of the City. This was done successfully in saving houses in Canon Street, where the Trust was supported by the Mayor of Winchester. Councillor Mrs Crompton. The initial meeting of the Trust was held in the house of Dr Sybil Tremellen on St. Giles’ Hill.
Following an offer from the City Council, the Trust purchased 24 and 25 Canon Street which were subsequently sold on to members and this spearheaded the regeneration.
Gave financial assistance towards the repair of a portion of the City Wall in Canon Street.
1958   Prepared specifications for the repair of 2, 4 and 6a Upper Brook Street: also applied for grant-aid and organised an appeal and petition signed by more than 800 citizens. Although the Trust raised sufficient money to save the buildings, and despite the view of the Ministry of Works that they should be preserved in the national interest, the City Council demolished them.
Contributed funds towards the repair of the interior of Kingsgate Arch.
Submitted a scheme for the repair of St. Maurice’s Church tower.
Commented on the Abercrombie plan for Winchester, formally objecting to some sections.
1959   Organised an exhibition of Winchester pictures and china in aid of the Cathedral Appeal Fund.
1960   Initiated a plan in conjunction with Winchester Amateur Dramatic Society, for the repair of St. Peter Chesil Church and its conversion into a theatre.
1961   Paid for the roofs of Nos. 78 and 79 Kingsgate Street to be made weatherproof.
Launched St. Peter Chesil appeal. Various projects were put in hand and 2,500 leaflets were circulated. Made an initial contribution of £500. (Over £10,000 in grants and donations was eventually raised, and the building is now listed Grade II*).
1962   Commenced work on the repair of St. Peter Chesil.
1963   Made a grant towards the repair of 132 St. Cross Road. Made a donation to Winchester Excavations appeal.
1964   Gave financial support for a photographic record of the High Street.
1965   Organised a recital, a concert and a wine and cheese party in aid of the St. Peter Chesil repair fund.
1966   Organised an auction sale in aid of the St. Peter Chesil repair fund.
  Submitted comments on the draft Town Centre Map.
1967   Contributed to repair of Hyde Abbey Gateway.
  Compiled a record of old walls in Winchester.
1968   Recommended that St. Cross should be designated a conservation area.
  Commenced providing guided tours, when required, for visitors to the City.
  Project to restore the fabric of St. Peter Chesil successfully completed at a cost of over £10,000.
1969   At the request of the City Council, provided assistance in revising the official list of buildings of architectural or historic interest in Winchester.
  Participated in the Winchester 1969 exhibition in the Guildhall.
  At the request of the Civic Trust, organises a meeting of representatives of Local Amenity Societies.
1970   Repaired the old flint wall at Hyde Abbey stream.
  Submitted a report to the consultants (Donald Insall Associates) preparing a scheme for the Westgate area of the City – at their request.
  Represented on the Physical Fabric/Social Facilities and Shopping and Tourism groups of the Winchester & District Study.
1971   Appeared at a Public Inquiry into proposals for the M3 Motorway (Popham – Compton section) - strong objections being registered.
1972   Arranged a tour of Castle Hill for schoolchildren and entertained a party of members from The Shaftesbury Society.
1973   Initiated the Winchester M3 Joint Action Group and provided financial aid to get it started. The Chairman of the Trust was elected Chairman of the new organisation. (The Joint Action Group raised approximately £50,000 to fight a second Public Inquiry in 1976/77). The result of this was that the section of the scheme most damaging to Winchester was withdrawn and consultants were appointed to examine less damaging alternatives.
  Entertained a party of members from Southampton Civic Society.
  When it was discovered that the City Council was doing nothing to support “Plant a Tree Year, the Trust drew up specifications for tree-planting schemes, some of which, including schemes in Chesil Street, Southgate Street, Stockbridge Road and Bereweeke Avenue, were implemented by the City Council.
1974   Registered strong objections to a proposed Ring Road Scheme for Winchester.
1975   Published a major Study of the St. John Street area of the City.
1976   Published a booklet on the High Street.
1977   Comments submitted on the draft Town Centre Plan.
1978   Organised an exhibition in the Library to commemorate the 21st Anniversary of the formation of the Trust and published a leaflet on the first 21 years.
Successfully opposed an application to the DoE by the City Council to demolish Nos. 52/54 Upper Brook Street, and subsequently applied successfully for their listing. (These buildings now form the Heritage Centre).
1979   Gave practical and financial assistance towards the formation of the Eastleigh Society.
Project to restore the missing porticos on the larger listed terrace in Southgate Street (Chernocke Place) successfully completed at a cost of over £9,000.
Joined with other local and national bodies in opposing the demolition of Northington Grange. (Now preserved and restored).
Submitted evidence to the Armitage Inquiry on Lorries, People and the Environment.
1980   Organised a reception in the Great Hall of Winchester Castle for members of Winchester City Council, primarily to acquaint them with the work and aims of the Trust. Sir Hugh Casson was guest speaker.
Contributed to the St. Swithun’s Church appeal.
Submitted further detailed comments to the City Council following publication of a report on the Second Stage of Public Participation on the Draft Town Centre Plan.
Appeared at a Public Inquiry into the proposed Easton Lane Link Road Scheme, taking the lead opposing role. In a detailed case, the Trust questioned the current need for a new road between the A33/M3 and the City. (The Trust’s arguments were upheld by the Inspector and the Secretary of State, and the scheme was quashed).
Entertained a party of members from the Reading Civic Society.
1981   Objected to the demolition of the houses on the east side of St. John’s Street; persuaded the City Council to sell and, in conjunction with the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, embarked on a project to rehabilitate ten houses.
Organised a Fine Art Sale in aid of Trust projects.
Entertained parties from the Oxford Preservation Trust and the Ipswich Society.
Gave financial and practical assistance towards the repair of listed wrought iron gates at 54 Chesil Street.
The Trust was represented on the Mayor’s Carnival Committee and presented a trophy which became the major Carnival Award.
Commissioned an expert to advise on the condition of a visually important Holm Oak in the High Street, threatened by felling proposal. (The tree was found to be diseased and could not be saved).
At the request of the City Council, the Trust was represented on a Working Party of City and County officers dealing with the Winchester Area Local Plan.
1982   Entertained parties from the New Folkestone Society and the Chichester Society.
Initiated and commissioned plans for a scheme for paving under the Westgate Arch, using wheel stones from the Guildhall. Later completed by the local authorities.
Organised the repair of a badly deteriorated section of Hyde Close Wall and a Jacobean Monument set in the wall. This involved negotiation with various owners, application for grant-aid and full control of the project.
Started negotiations with the City Council for occupation of derelict building in Upper Brook Street. Having acquired a licence, paid builders and used volunteers to restore the buildings as, first the Urban Studies Centre and then, almost immediately, named The Heritage Centre.
1983   At the suggestion of the Chichester Society, 3 representatives of the Trust and similar groups from Fareham, Lewes and Portsmouth attended a meeting hosted by the Chichester Society. (The birth of Southern Comfort).
Visit to Romsey hosted by Romsey and District Society
Opening of the Heritage Centre in July. Tree planted by Centre’s President, Lord Briggs of Lewes.
Exhibition of work by local architects and a series of lunchtime lectures organised by the Southern Region of the RIBA in the Heritage Centre to mark the Festival of Architecture in May.
Design Awards scheme launched as a biennial event.
City Council invited the Trust to discuss possible traffic solutions for Winchester.
1984   First Design Awards ceremony held in January at the Heritage Centre with Sir Hugh Casson as Chairman of the judging panel.
Grant of £12,000 awarded by the Carnegie U.K. Trust for the creation of a permanent interpretive exhibition in the Heritage Centre.
Trust promoted a Measured Drawing Prize of £100 to be awarded to students of architecture, giving preference to drawings of threatened buildings in Winchester. Southern Comfort hosted at the Heritage Centre.
1985   In February Winchester was chosen as one of the six authorities to participate in Michael Heseltine’s “Time for Design” initiative to improve the quality of design and to increase public awareness and appreciation of good design. The Trust contributed by joining the City Council in organising talks, visits and discussions on design themes and nominating schemes in Winchester for awards over the following three years.
The Trust’s second Design Awards scheme attracted 16 entries including 7 from outside the county.
Trust published detailed comments on the Winchester District Local Plan, mounted an exhibition at the Heritage Centre and was represented at the Public Inquiry.
Visits to Bradford-on-Avon and Odiham took place and the Trust hosted a visit by the Sherborne Society.
1986   The Urban Studies Committee organised activities including lunchtime talks, educational activities for children and the publication of booklets on Winchester’s Streets. “The High Street from Cathedral to Castle” and “The Brooks Town Trail for Children”.
Southern Comfort was held in Portsmouth.
The City Council invited the Trust to nominate a lay representative to the panel of judges for the City Council’s Award Scheme.
Trust commissioned (with the help of grants) an audio-visual production for display in the Heritage Centre. Lord Briggs of Lewes opened the permanent exhibition “Discover the City” in the Heritage Centre on May 3rd.
Urban studies Committee ran a series of lunchtime lectures at the Heritage Centre.
Campaign to save and repair traditional flint /brick walls.
Trust continued support of the M3 Joint Action Group at the third M3 Inquiry.
Competition launched by the City Council for the development of the Brooks.
1987   British Airways showed Trust video ”Winchester Heritage” on flights of its jumbo jet City of Winchester.
Visit to Romsey and District Society.
Study of parking in Winchester and feasibility of Park & Ride.
Trust expressed dissatisfaction with the Brief and selection of schemes for the Brooks development, the lack of adequate consultation and, eventually, was unable to support any of the three final schemes.
Urban Studies committee ran a series of lunchtime talks and informal evening meetings to meet some of those involved with new buildings in Winchester.
M3 Inquiry re-opened in September and the Trust, as a member of the Joint Action Group, supported the Tunnel Scheme.
Design Awards Scheme attracted 23 entries.
1988   “St. Thomas Street” booklet published.
The Trust objected to the demolition of 1-5 Staple Gardens but the Historic Buildings Bureau and the City Conservation officer agreed that they were beyond rehabilitation.
Representations were made to Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust about the damage inflicted by vehicles to the Grade 1 listed Kingsgate Arch which was later closed to traffic by the City Council.
Applications for spot listing were submitted for The Rising Sun, the Pagoda House, St. James’ Lane, the Heritage Centre and the Northgate Mediaeval Bridge – all were successful.
After lengthy negotiations, the City Council agreed to repairs to the Heritage Centre and suitable arrangements to grant a licence for the Trust to occupy it.
After a three year campaign. The Trust welcomed the policy change by the City Council to halt the ground levelling and wholesale clearance of gravestones at West Hill Cemetery in favour of conservation.
With the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, the Winchester Preservation Trust was consulted by The Crown Estates Commissioners on their schemes for the redevelopment of the Lower Barracks. The scheme selected was the one supported by the Trust but the public car-parking provision was opposed.
24 Canon Street, given to the Trust by Dr. Sybil Tremellen, was sold in September.
1989   Following representations on behalf of the Trust from Sir Peter Ramsbotham and Sir Hugh Casson to Lord Mansfield, the Crown Estates agreed to arrange for their architect to make a presentation to the Trust and HBPT of the two front-running schemes for the redevelopment of Peninsula Barracks.
In March, the Trust took part in the Hampshire Local History Fair.
The Urban Studies Committee organised the first “Chippindale Venture” to mark the contribution to education made by Frank Chippindale. The project involved 50 children from Western and All Saints primary schools and was enthusiastically supported by local architects, planners and councillors from the County and City Councils. The theme was a design for a Visitors’ Centre adjacent to the Law Courts. It was a great success and the presentation was attended by Frank Chippindale’s son and daughter.
Expressed concern over the deterioration of the City Cross and the Westgate.
Welcomed the joint initiative of City and County Councils “Movement and Access Study” to consider the traffic problems of Winchester and suggest solutions, including Park & Ride.
1990   In April Sir Peter Ramsbotham was elected as President following the retirement of Mrs Barbara Carpenter-Turner.
Resulting from an application by the Trust, 37-41 North Walls, a Regency Terrace, was listed.
The Trust was invited to participate in the joint study by HCC & WCC to be known as “Winchester Movement and Accessibility Study“.
The Trust supported an application by Southampton University for listing of Hockley Viaduct.
Invited by Civic Trust to comment on three entries in Winchester submitted for its Awards Scheme.
Negotiations with WCC for repairs to the Heritage Centre and the granting of a 3-year licence were concluded following the City agreeing a grant to cover the rent.
Contribution made to restoration of the weathervane on St. John’s church.
Representations made to WCC about the continuing deterioration of the fabric of The City Cross and the Westgate.
The Trust initiated and contributed financially to the restoration of parapet at No.4 Eastgate Street.
1991   Chippindale Venture II was held in the spring, involving 60 children aged 8½ to 9½ years from 2 schools. The theme was geared to encouraging the children to think how a building should interact with and complement its setting.
Trust welcomed decision of the County & City Councils to commission a study of Park & Ride by independent consultants and contributed £2,500 towards the cost. Trust contributed £2,500 to the Cathedral Appeal.
Repairs to the exterior of 32/34 Upper Brook Street completed by W.C.C. and interior improvements carried out by the Trust.
Trust discussed with City Council planning officers the overall appearance of Winchester’s principal streets with regard to street furniture, road signs, lighting and landscaping.
Expressed concern about the setting of the Library (a listed building) in Jewry Street where the new bus shelter marred the view of the portico and other clutter appeared in an ad hoc manner.
Persuaded Trust House Forte to fund extra work to improve the paved area at the west end of the Wessex Hotel.
Panel chaired by Gordon Mitchell RIBA judged Awards Scheme for the Trust.
Southern Comfort held at Farnham.
1992   Design Awards Exhibition followed by exhibition of Edwardian postcards of Winchester held at the Heritage Centre.
A Fine Art Exhibition and auction was held to raise funds.
Southern Comfort meeting held in Salisbury.
Chippindale Venture III involved two schools in designing an extension for Marwell Zoo’ s “African Bowl” and was judged by Richard Rogers and Chris Packham.
With the City Council, the Urban Studies Committee organised a series of lectures entitled “Visions of Winchester”
Objected to application by Dean and Chapter to convert the garden at 9 The Close to car parking.
Trust invited by HCC to join them, the WCC and the HBPT in presenting a united front to the Crown Estates Commissioners and Arundel House on development at Peninsula Barracks.
1993   Chippindale Venture IV included some 14/15 year old children doing a GCSE project in addition to 10/11 year olds. The brief was for an outside temporary theatre for the Cathedral to use during the summer months. To extend the opportunities of the venture to a greater number of children, a one-day workshop was organised to cater for a whole year-group of 190 children aged 14-15 from the Westgate School.
Urban Studies Committee, in partnership with the Planning Department at WCC, ran a series of lectures on the theme of “Planning, Conservation and Traffic in European Historic Towns”, with special reference to Winchester.
A start was made on collecting a photographic record of the city.
The Trust opposed a proposal from Tesco for a supermarket at Bar End and again supported the City Council at the appeal by the Diocese of Winchester against the refusal of permission to convert the garden at 9 The Close into a car park.
Exhibitions in the Heritage Centre: M3 Landscape Exhibition – Bar End to Compton; “A Celebration of King Alfred Buses” and “Cathedral Characters”.
The ad hoc introduction of a plethora of traffic signs, bollards etc. was drawn to the attention of City Council officers and the formulation of a policy was suggested.
Following the loss of some important trees started a survey of significant trees in the central area of the City.
Five members attended Southern Comfort in Gosport.
The Trust noted the financial difficulties of the Civic Trust but opposed the creation of a SE regional organisation.
1994   Awards panel chaired by Dame Elizabeth Chesterton, architect and planning consultant.
Lecture on “Waterways of Winchester” by Elizabeth Proudman.
Heritage Centre exhibition “Winchester at War” and an exhibition of the low-density scheme for Peninsula Barracks as proposed by SAVE and Huw Thomas.
Trust contributed £2,500 towards work on the feasibility of a low-density conservation scheme for the lower barracks and produced a leaflet for general distribution entitled “Keep Your House in Good Order – but don’t overdo it”.
Trust objected to the hasty proposals to replace traditional windows in the listed Butterfield Block at the County Hospital with UPVC.
Two hundred 14-year-old students from Henry Beaufort School took part in a Chippindale Venture Workshop.
Three guided walks took place in the summer.
The Trust objected strongly to the proposed demolition of Edmonds Lodge, Christchurch Road, a substantial Victorian house, and agreed to fund an independent survey to establish whether it could be rehabilitated.
Southern Comfort met at Guildford.
1995   Chippindale Venture V involving primary schools at Compton and Owslebury held in February/March and a workshop were held at an Oxford school in June.
Exhibition of a collection of photographs of Winchester by Bob Sollars mounted at Heritage Centre.
Seven guided summer walks organised.
Contribution of £2,000 made to City Council for tree planting in Middle Brook Street.
Action by Trust prompted the delay of tree felling by Winchester College along the canal near Tun Bridge until a licence had been obtained.
The Trust complained to the local authorities about the lack of consultation over traffic calming schemes, especially in sensitive conservation areas, achieving a major reduction in the number of signs and other clutter.
A fully catalogued library of photographic slides was completed.
Chairman visited Horsham Society in May. Southern Comfort held in Portsmouth
1996   Chippindale Workshop held at Westgate School.
Promotional launch of the Loan Slide Collection attended by the Mayor.
A Trust member produced the first trial version of a neighbourhood study to support the case for retaining character houses in Christchurch Road.
Ten guided walks held during the summer.
Exhibition of drawings of Hyde by Nick McPherson at the Heritage Centre.
Royal Observer Corps Association exhibition “Winchester Skywatchers”.
Urban Studies lecture “The Fight Against Uniformity – Local Distinctiveness – Who Cares?” by Barry Joyce of Derbyshire County Council.
Survey of all trees within the old walled area of the City completed and given to Winchester City Council – 1354 trees plotted on plan with details of each one.
Application made for Lottery funding to enlarge the Heritage Centre to house the Roger Brown model of Winchester.
The Trust participated in two workshops on the possible development solutions for the Broadway/Friarsgate area.
Negotiated with WCC to minimise the visual effects of Resident Parking notices in the street scene by fixing signs on walls etc. to minimise the use of poles.
Southern Comfort held in Winchester – at the Ghurkha Museum, Peninsula Barracks.
Trust Council voted to support the extension of Park & Ride at Bar End.
Visit to look at good examples of street furniture in Alton, Petersfield and Windsor was organised by the Trust and included an Officer and Councillor from WCC.
Objected to over elaborate traffic calming proposals for St. James’ Lane, resulting in an amended plan. Also objected to traffic measures at the top of Five Bridges Road, achieving a simpler and more rural version.
1997   Chippindale Venture VI involved 60 children from Harestock Primary School. In addition 60 children had been invited to see architects at work and view computer programmes.
Leaman concert held in aid of Chippindale Venture was a great success.
Design Awards selection panel chaired by Sherban Cantacuzino CBE.
Twelve guided summer walks proved popular.
Trust urged WCC to proceed with review of Conservation Area boundaries and consideration of suitable streets for applying Article 4 Directions and draft suggestions submitted to WCC for St. Faiths Road and King Alfred Terrace.
Decision taken to purchase from the City Council a 99 year lease on the premises at 30/32 Upper Brook Street as a result of their requiring a market rent for the property.
The Trust campaigned for and then joined with HCC, WCC, Hampshire Gardens Trust and Hampshire & I.o.W Wildlife Trust in commissioning a Landscape and Townscape Study of Winchester and its Setting. Chief concern of the Trust was the vulnerability of Bushfield to development ambitions and the resulting degradation of the area. A contribution of £1,500 was made and the Trust was included in discussion on the project led by HCC.
Continued involvement in achieving a maintenance agreement for landscaping at Peninsula Barracks.
Participated in Park & Ride – Bar End Inquiry.
Applied for and received Planning permission for sub-division of Heritage Centre to provide two flats for letting to compensate for loss of grant from WCC.
Contributed £250 to “Castle” publication by Professor Martin Biddle.
Southern Comfort attended at Weymouth.
St. Albans Civic Society visit to Winchester.
Summer walks programme well supported. A voluntary donation of £1 introduced.
Exhibition “Bomber Command Families of Winchester” mounted in Heritage Centre.
1998   Chippindale Venture VII involved 66 children from Twyford, St. Faith’s, Compton and Owslebury Primary schools and an all day workshop at Henry Beaufort School.
Visit to Poundbury and Blandford Forum.
Trust gave enthusiastic support to the extensive Conservation Area Study being carried out by Andrew Rutter for the City Council.
Ten guided summer walks organised.
Involvement in “Future of Winchester” consultation meeting and cycleway strategy. Preliminary discussions re Friarsgate development.
A legacy of £7,144 to be used for archive work was received from a late member, Mr W.E. Alder.
Southern Comfort held at Horsham.
Lease on 30/32 Upper Brook Street in finalised in December and Heritage Centre closed due to lack of volunteer staff and finance.
1999   Conversion work carried out at Heritage Centre.
Twelve summer walks organised.
Open evening for members to raise matters of concern was held in June.
WCC questionnaire “Future of Winchester” circulated to residents was considered to be framed to obtain answers to promote growth and development rather than retain Winchester’s character.
Trust expressed to the Leader of the City Council its concerns about the continuing lack of design expertise within the Planning department.
“Winchester City and its Setting” document published and welcomed by the Trust as a major new planning tool for Winchester. Trust AND Hampshire Gardens Trust funded publicity summary leaflet.
Trust interest in Broadway/Friarsgate development was pursued throughout the year to ensure that quality of design and the needs of Winchester should be met in the development brief.
2000   The Chairman with two other members met Councillor Ken Thornber, Leader of HCC, on two occasions to discuss current issues including Housing/Structure Plan requirements, the County input to Broadway/Friarsgate scenario and plans for enlarged Public Library facilities.
Concern expressed to City Council over the scarcity of resources for producing
Development Briefs for sensitive sites.
As a contribution to the Millennium activities, the Trust donated trees, which were planted near Romsey Road.
Design Awards panel chaired by David Rock, recent chairman of RIBA.
Kim Wilkie, landscape architect, commissioned by the Trust to produce a report on the Bushfield area.
14 summer guided walks were well supported.
Trust Website launched as part of HantsNet.
Request to support HCC and WCC in conducting a review of listed buildings was welcomed.
Revised Articles and Memoranda of Association were adopted at an EGM, prior to the AGM. A change in name from Winchester Preservation Trust to City of Winchester Trust was agreed to reflect more closely the objective of continuing care for the City whilst accepting appropriate changes.
Policy Group established to produce documented Trust policy.
John Selwyn Gummer MP spoke to a well-attended gathering of members and guests on a topical subject- retaining the character of Winchester whilst accommodating appropriate modern development.
Trust invited to participate and give financial assistance (£2,500) to the production of a Conservation Area Policy for Winchester. It was also agreed that the Trust would facilitate and contribute financially to the publication of Andrew Rutter’s manuscript on Conservation in Winchester.
Southern Comfort attended at Gosport.
2001   Publication of Trust policy document “The Future of Winchester – a Strategic Vision”.
Cataloguing of reference collection for public use completed. Archives deposited at Hampshire Record Office.
Trust representatives met Cllr. Ken Thornber, Leader HCC, to discuss current concerns including a home for the Roger Brown model of Winchester, future Park & Ride sites and the future of Regional Planning.
Continued dialogue with City Council on the progress of Friarsgate Development Brief. The Chief Planning Office, Steve Bee, assured the Trust Council that the City would not dispose of any of its land involved in the re-development until Planning permission had been granted. The Trust urged the City Council to appoint a master planner with appropriate experience to oversee the brief for the entire development.
Monitoring of Deposit Local Plan and revisions continued throughout the year and the Trust was represented at a seminar of stakeholders held to determine the area needed to accommodate 2000 people in the MDA North of Winchester.
Southern Comfort attended on Isle of Wight.
David Mackay, eminent architect from Barcelona, addressed the AGM and stayed to attend a workshop the following day. This was held in partnership with the City Council and the most significant outcome of the morning was the acknowledged need to produce ‘Neighbourhood Statements’ in consultation with local residents to achieve satisfactory development solutions.
Trust started detailed examination of Planning Policy Guidance Note 3 (PPG3) as it became evident that the City Council was ignoring many of its provisions other than high-density targets.
A Trust Council member prepared plans for reinstating railings fronting 19th C. houses in Eastgate Street which the Trust would encourage the City Council (owner of most of the houses), County Conservation officers and English Heritage to help with funding.
Initial plans for using the Bapsy, Marchioness of Winchester’s legacy to the City for a community building which might house the Roger Brown model were examined.
WCC invited a Trust member to join the panel of judges for its Awards.
New Forest Society asked for permission to copy “Keep Your House in Good Order”
Ten guided walks were held during the summer.
2002   Continuing concern expressed by the Trust about the overprovision of shopping space for Winchester in the Local Plan led to a re-examination of the need by consultants. In addition, the Trust contributed financially to obtain an up to date retail survey.
Trust invited by WCC to participate in Landscape Character Assessment that would provide a supporting document for the Local Plan. Concern was expressed as it did not refer to the “Winchester City & its Setting” document.
Thornfields, prospective developer of Friarsgate, invited representative from Trust to join selection panel to choose Master Planner and to suggest possible candidates.
The AGM was addressed by Mr Michael Capocci, director of Thornfield on “The Problems of a Developer”.
A member drew the attention of the Trust to the poor landscaping of the revamped Station precinct.
Representations were made to WCC and amendments were made, but it was too late to incorporate a scheme worthy of a principal gateway to Winchester.
Weymouth Society visited Winchester.
Southern Comfort held in Chichester but not attended.
Trust represented at English Historic Towns Forum conference held in Winchester.
Hyde Abbey Gardens project publicised in Trust newsletter.
Exhibition in Library to promote the work of the Trust.
A full programme of guided walks took place in the summer.
2003   “A Peaceful Place to Rest” a booklet on aspects of West Hill Cemetery was published.
Contributed £250 to the publication of Vol.4 Pt.1 of The Winchester Excavations.
A consultation draft of the Broadway/Friarsgate Brief prepared by the City Council was presented to an open meeting for Trust members by the Chief Planning Officer. Detailed comments were submitted by the Trust.
Trust member was included in committee of WCC to select master planner for Friarsgate and one of the architectural practices nominated by the Trust was selected.
In commenting on proposals for Romsey Road the Trust asked for the involvement of Landscape Architects at an early stage in formulating proposals and was pleased that the County Council, as Highway Authority, agreed to do this in future.
Comments were also submitted on a highways improvement scheme for Jewry Street.
Agreed to support the application for listing Hockley Viaduct.
The apparent acceptance of poor and inappropriate design in order to meet demand for blanket higher density development prompted a study of PPG 3 by Trust Policy Group. A paper entitled “Applying PPG 3 to Winchester” was published and circulating it to all City councillors and other organisations and individuals. The argument was also raised at a meeting of the City Council’s Scrutiny Committee and this led to the Trust being invited to present its case at two seminars. Subsequently changes were incorporated in the Local Plan to include the requirement for Neighbourhood Design Statements and Development Briefs to be produced as supplementary Planning Guidance. The Trust’s document was highly praised by CABE who sent it to the ODPM.
In addition to the usual programme of guided walks, two out of season visits were added – St. John’s in the Broadway and the Theatre Royal.
An open evening was held at the Heritage Centre for new members to encourage their participation in the work of the Trust.
A Trust member designed a building to fit into the site at the Heritage Centre and house the Roger Brown model of Winchester, if it could not be accommodated elsewhere
After rescuing the sign from Hyde stream, a Trust member made a new one to replace it.
Attended Civic Trust S.E. meeting at Windsor.
At meeting with Cllr. Ken Thornber, Leader HCC discussed Highway input to Friarsgate, and inclusion of landscape advice in future highway consultations, future arrangements to replace the County Structure Plan involving SE Regional Planning Assembly – a non-democratic body.
The Trust was grateful to the County Council for negotiating space for the exhibition the Roger Brown Model at Intech until a permanent site is found.
Visits to Winchester by Bournemouth Civic Society and Chichester Conservation Area Committee.
Contributed £250 to Friends of Hyde Abbey Jubilee project.
Solent Architecture Centre – Trust represented at inaugural meetings.
Trust tree to mark the Golden Jubilee planted on St. Giles’ Hill.
Speaker at AGM was Donald Insall, Trust Vice-President.
2004   Following a presentation to Trust Members on the Draft Friarsgate/Broadway (Silver Hill) Brief to a meeting of Trust members, a full response was submitted to WCC. The Trust was invited by the developer to propose the names of 6 firms and a representative of the Trust participated in the selection from these of a Master Planner for the development.
A booklet on the subject of West Hill Cemetery, “A Peaceful Place to Rest” was published.
Neighbourhood Studies of St. Cross and Fulflood were published.
The Trust questioned WCC’s interpretation of Planning Policy Guidance Note 3 in Winchester. A reasoned argument in support of this contention was then published called “Applying PPG3 to Winchester”. This received high praise from the Director of CABE who forwarded it to the Deputy Prime Minister. The Trust was invited by WCC to sit on the panel of a series of seminars on the subject, which achieved a change in the Revised Local Plan to require Neighbourhood Design Statements to be produced as Supplementary Planning Guidance.
Members attended all meetings of the Winchester Local Plan Review, and made appropriate comments, submitted objections to shopping policy, housing numbers, development at Bushfield, and the numbers proposed to trigger development at Barton Farm.
The Trust contributed funds to the Excavations Committee for the publication of a further volume, and to the Hyde Abbey Garden Fund.
2005   Hosted a debate on the subject of Design in Historic Town settings, when views were put forward by Richard Fielden, who was responsible for a number of the buildings on the campus of the University of Winchester, and by Adam Wilkinson of SAVE. Officers and Members of the City and the County Councils took part in the debate, which was chaired by Christopher Clark QC.
Undertook the refurbishment of a Victorian street light outside Abbey House.
Presented their objections to the Local Plan Inquiry.
Publication of the Winchester Conservation Study to which the Trust had contributed funding.
Presented a paper to the Civic Trust and to other local amenity societies promoting the concept of HeritageTown Status for the protection of towns like Winchester.
Objected to the ‘target led’ reorganisation of Planning Services at WCC, on the grounds that the emphasis was on ‘management skills’, to the virtual; exclusion of design expertise.
Following the publication of the SEERA Draft South East Plan, responded to the sections of the Plan relevant to Winchester. This was sent to SEERA, Civic Trust South East Region, HCC and WCC, emphasising the special care that should be taken in any further development of Winchester bearing in mind its description in the SEP as “a tremendous and irreplaceable asset”.
Initiated a scheme to try to secure the future of the Bushfield Down area.
Participated in Winchester Heritage Open Days.
The Trust was represented at meetings of Southern Comfort, Civic Trust, Civic Trust SE, Civic Trust SW and SPISE.
2006   Presentation to WCC and other potential supporters on the importance of Heritage Town Status in assisting the retention of the characteristic settings of the City and other similar historic towns. The topic was also brought to the attention of the English Historic Towns Forum at meeting in London and Cirencester. Other work on the important subject of “Heritage” was the preparation of a detailed presentation sent in January to the Parliament Select Committee on Heritage.
More locally, every opportunity was taken to impress on all concerned the great importance of good design in all aspects of local development and maintenance. To achieve this culture of care The Trust continued its promotion of a Vision for the future, together with a Master Plan and the appointment of a Design Champion to steer its implementation.
The Trust devoted resources to strategic planning. This work included appraising the District Local Plan Review Inspectors’ Report, and the deluge of documents related to the follow-on plans that will replace the current one. In February an objection was lodged with WCC opposing the inclusion of Reserve Sites, especially at Pitt Manor Farm that occupies a prominent position as part of the setting of the City.
The Cittaslow group organised a presentation to Town Forum Ward Councillors, which included an excellent presentation by the Mayor of Ludlow, explaining the advantages experienced in that town.
In the autumn the Trust commissioned a study of WCC’s need for formal recreation provision on Bushfield Down. The Trust is grateful to Adams Hendry for carrying out the work for a discounted fee, and to the Hampshire Gardens Trust for a generous contribution to the cost of the work. The study was very useful in demonstrating that the need of this site for sports and ancillary facilities is unlikely. Other organisations consulted were the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and the Church Commissioners, who own a significant part of the site, including a visit to the site of the relevant Church Commissioner at the invitation of the Trust President.
The Trust maintained a close liaison with the developers of Silver Hill in the centre of the City.
2007   Restoration of the railings In Eastgate Street was completed. Funding was provided by HCC, WCC and the Trust. Design and management for the project were contributed by Trust members.
The pursuit of Heritage Town Status continued. Presentations were made to the WCC Cabinet and Senior Officers, and to a meeting of Trust members.
The Trust commented on WCC’s Draft Vision for Winchester and was pleased to see some of its suggestions incorporated in the document published in January 2007.
WCC issued a questionnaire concerning the Local Development Framework which will replace the Local Plan. The Trust submitted a detailed response on several matters relating to Winchester, stressing in particular the need to commission a Conceptual Framework for the whole City and its setting, investigating the implications and exploring the options before designating any areas for growth.
The Trust also commented on The Statement of Community Involvement setting out how WCC will consult the community on all aspects of future planning policies. This process highlighted that residents of Winchester were disadvantaged by the lack of formal representation available throughout the rest the District by Parish and Town Councils. The Trust argued for a means of redressing this imbalance. This could be achieved by strengthening the influence of Town Forum Councillors or in the last resort by asking for the formation of a Town Council.
"Time Genlemen, Please!” a history of Winchester’s public houses written by Phil Yates was published under the auspices of the Trust. Launched by Peter White in March it has sold very well and is now in a second reprint, Phil kindly and most generously donated all proceeds of the sale of this excellent publication to the Trust.
The Trust invited City Councillors, Parish Councillors and interested individuals to Walk on Bushfield Down.
Further representations made in support of the listing of Hockley Viaduct.
Sponsored a lecture by Paul Grover, Director of the Solent Centre for Architecture entitled “People Make Places”, to encourage community involvement in good urban design.
Further work was undertaken to produce an up-to-date version of the Trust’s case for the recognition in planning policies of the unique character of the City as set out in the Regional Plan, for presentation to an invited audience at the University of Winchester.

[Revised June 2008]