Our aims and values
1. Open spaces, trees and historic buildings are an essential part of Winchester's appeal and should be valued. Important buildings such as the Register Office and former Conservative Club (now the Winchester Club) should be retained.
2. Any 'economic' arguments for change should include a full weighting for the significant social costs and benefits of development for residents, visitors, tourists and businesses, and not just allow decisions to be driven by narrow financial considerations.
3. All developments should respect and enhance the city's unique historic and scenic character.
4. Development should be geared towards reducing traffic congestion and associated high levels of air pollution. The principle of having 'gateway car parks' makes a positive contribution in this area.
5. Any new buildings adjacent to residential areas should reflect the character of neighbouring properties and be no more than 3 storeys in height. The proposal to incorporate a 'landmark' office development at the junction of Andover Road and Worthy Lane should be removed from the draft Local Plan Part 2.
The possibility of some new housing, including that which is affordable, is preferable to large scale office development.
6. Public and residents' parking in the area should not be reduced. Multi-storey car parks should be avoided as they are visually unattractive and disliked by users for a variety of reasons. Existing surface car parks can be transformed with imaginative landscaping.
7. Cycle paths and walking routes to the Station and City Centre should be central to any development plans.They must be constructed to a high standard and be clearly signposted.
8. Any proposals for development of the Cattle Market site, a former Roman cemetery, must fully acknowledge the archeological significance of this site.
9. A comprehensive movement analysis relating to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians passing through the area on a daily basis must be independently undertaken before any coherent development work can be formulated. Such analysis must include forward projections for at least 5 years to take into account the impact of Barton Farm.
10. Any building work on a large scale within this area should not be undertaken at the same time as Silver Hill, Barton Farm and Chesil Street developments, all of which are imminent. The disruption to traffic and for those who live and work in the area would be unacceptable.