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Launch of Vision for

Cover of Vision for Winchester

The City of Winchester Trust has published A Vision for Winchester, our vision for the future of the city.

The Vision contains eight chapters on landscape setting, conservation, the local economy, movement, housing, principles of good design, future growth and the planning process. Each chapter contains over 30 visions of what the Trust would like to see for these areas.

"This is the second Vision document we have undertaken, the first having been published in January 2001", said Trust Chairman Keith Leaman. "It is therefore high time we updated our thoughts and deliberations, particularly now when several major developments are being planned for the City, a Movement Strategy is being prepared and the Local Plan is being reviewed. The Vision will act partly as a foundation on which we will base the observations we will be making on projects and developments in Winchester City."

The overarching Vision which all the others feed into is that the City Council should produce and adopt a citywide urban design framework. The Trust believes there has never been a better time to produce such a framework. It would avoid major development being planned in isolation and it should have a strong connection to the City of Winchester Movement Strategy. There are good examples of such frameworks within the UK.

The Trust has begun discussing the Vision with the City Council, and it was featured in the Hampshire Chronicle.

Invitation for members

Members can collect a free copy of the Vision document from the Heritage Centre (opening hours 10am to 3pm on Mondays and Wednesdays).

Non-members can obtain a copy at a price of 5 including postage and packing, or 4 if collected in person from the Heritage Centre on the opening hours above. Cheques made payable to City of Winchester Trust.

Members are invited to a meeting at 6.15pm on 21st February at St Peters Church Pastoral Centre at which the authors will summarise the document and take questions. Free copies for members can also be collected there.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Tessa via email or phone 01962 851664.