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Support for Winchester station area regeneration bid
5:20pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
CIVIC campaigners have backed the preliminary stages of a major regeneration of the Winchester station area, but sounded warnings.
The 2020 Group, comprising members of the City of Winchester Trust and WinACC, spoke in support of the city council initiative.
The council wants to look into ways to transform the neighbourhood that stretches from Upper High Street to the Cattle Market.
Ideas have included creating a high-quality, low-carbon ‘gateway’ to the city, with perhaps major office development.
It has appointed Tibbalds planning consultants to draw up a vision that can guide development.
Michael Carden, from the trust, told the town forum: “The 2020 Group have every reason to support this initiative.
"It would, however, be desperately sad if the eventual outcome should be compromised by any lack of forethought.
“The military axiom ‘time spent on reconnaissance is never wasted’ is as applicable to planning as it is to warfare, both activities being campaigns which can have disastrous consequences if not well prepared.”
David Ashe, also speaking for 2020, said it was important that developers had not a fixed masterplan, but a framework to act as a guide.
He said: “Provide a clear framework, signed up to by all stakeholders, and you have reduced uncertainty and the attendant risk that the developer will be left with a premium project in an otherwise poorly planned piecemeal neighbourhood.”
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