Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

12 APR 2017

MP 'very positive' about future of city centre

Steve Brine joined Charles Campion from JTP Architects for a walk around the city on Wednesday 12th April as they discussed feedback from the Community Planning Weekend which was held in March.

The Central Winchester regeneration area covers around 2.3 hectares in the heart of the city, and Winchester City Council is seeking the comprehensive mixed use redevelopment of this area to bring real benefits to local people and create a positive legacy for the city.

JTP have been appointed to prepare a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for adoption by WCC, and have committed to working closely with the community to create the SPD, which will set out the type and layout of land uses that could be built to help ensure that the development is fit for the future and will rejuvenate this important part of the historic city.

Steve Brine said: "It's fair to say that I haven't been this positive about the future of the city centre for a long time. I have been extremely vocal in saying the city needs to move forward as one, with a plan that takes residents and businesses with it, and this process really ensures that we are starting on the right track.

"We had a wide-ranging discussion, including some plans around our 'hidden waterways', which I am sure will be of great interest locally.

"Most encouraging for me is the level and quality of engagement here, because I make no bones about the fact we have to get this right."

Pictured; the old Antique Market, and one of the 'hidden waterways'


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