Winchester City Council is working with parish councils, communities and others on Local Plan Part 2 (LPP2), which will allocate specific sites for development in the part of the district that falls outside the South Downs National Park (the National Park Authority is preparing its own Local Plan, due to be adopted in 2017).
Local Plan Part 2 follows on from Local Plan Part 1 (Joint Core Strategy), which was adopted in March 2013, and will provide the overarching development strategy and policies for the district until 2031.
The work on LPP2 is currently focusing on parts of the district that were allocated housing targets in Local Plan Part 1. These include Bishop’s Waltham and New Alresford with about 500 new dwellings each, and 250 new dwellings each in the larger villages of Colden Common, Kings Worthy, Swanmore, Waltham Chase and Wickham.
Winchester City itself was allocated 4,000 new homes, 2,000 of which will be built at Barton Farm. The rest of the allocation is expected to be achieved at Silver Hill, the Police Headquarters, Pitt Manor and through windfall sites. City Council planners believe that further significant greenfield sites will not be needed.
The City Council hopes to publish the first draft of the LPP2 in May, with a six week consultation period. We will update members on developments.