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Help ensure the harmful proposals to Winchester City Centre are called in for public inquiry
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Winchester Deserves Better 
15 January 2015
Dear All

Once again we are into battle in Winchester where, in the 1990s with the architect Huw Thomas, we achieved the rescue and revival of mighty Peninsula Barracks as a new residential quarter. Now a new horror is proposed for Winchester – a vastly oversized development just across the high street from the town hall and the cathedral.

Despite huge opposition from local people – including a 2,000 strong demonstration – Winchester city council has approved the scheme – in which it has an interest as part owner of the land.
 
The development proposed is by Henderson, the same people who wanted to redevelop Smithfield General Market, where SAVE fought and won a public inquiry into the proposals last year.
 
Information can be found on the campaign website here, and also here which contains the CGIs the Winchester Deserves Better campaign presented to the Planning Committee.  These were ignored.
 
Separately the Winchester Deserves Better campaign, headed by City Councillor Kim Gottlieb, is pursuing a Judicial Review against the Council because of its failure to procure the contract.
 
Kim Gottlieb said: "Few generations get such an opportunity to create something that could really be quite glorious and inspiring, and we should seize it with both hands."

Please see below for details on how to object.

Best wishes,

Marcus Binney
Executive President
Right now the urgent need is to get the applications called in by the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles.  This will lead to a public inquiry, where all the issues can be examined, tested and challenged.
 
If possible please send your representation within the week. It can be as short or as long as you wish.
 
The following are key points
  1. The proposals will have a massive adverse impact on the historic city centre of Winchester, the ancient capital on England and one of our most important cathedral cities.
  2. It is therefore a matter of national importance and not just a local planning issue.
  3. The issues have not been assessed objectively by the City Council which has a financial interest in the proposals
  4. The proposals involve wholesale rebuilding of a very large site in the heart of the town
  5. Far too much accommodation is being crammed onto the site and thee new buildings are all by the same architects introducing an overwhelming degree of sameness, monotony and repetition, unacceptable in a cathedral city.
Your representation should quote the reference: Silver Hill, Winchester - WCC ref: W20100/04 and W20100/05 – Case no: 14/01912/FUL and 14/01913/FUL and be sent to: Eric.Pickles@communities.gsi.gov.uk  and cc’d to: Brandon.Lewis@communities.gsi.gov.uk and to: npcu@communities.gsi.gov.uk
Above: An accurate CGI of the proposal commissioned by the campaigners
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