The little parish of Winchfield, which lies between the River Whitewater and the river Hart, is right in the centre of the district. It is mentioned in the Domesday book and has one of the oldest churches in the Hart District. It is a very beautiful building, having been built in the 12th century. It is an outstanding example of Norman architecture and well worth a visit.
There is a Stone Age settlement at Bagwell Green, a few hundred yards past the church in the direction of Odiham Common. Winchfield also has a few examples of 16th and 17th century buildings, and a milestone stating that it is 38-39 miles from London.
Winchfield was a very important part of the railway system when about 150 years ago, it was the terminating point for all trains from London. It was here that the mail would be brought and from thence distributed to the rest of the south by mail coach.
Winchfield now forms a central part of the Basingstoke Canal system, with a car park catering for users of the Canal and one of the few launching and landing areas for small boat enthusiasts.
To view parish information about the community, heritage and conservation areas please select the parish in the parish profiles web page.
Winchfield Parish Council are developing a Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan sets out a vision and objectives for the future of the Parish and contains planning policies to guide the development and use of land in Winchfield Parish.
Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
A Referendum on the Winchfield Neighbourhood Plan was held on Thursday 2 February 2017. The referendum area was the same as the designated Winchfield Neighbourhood Area. The result of the vote was in favour of the Plan, with the majority of those voting ‘yes’. The turnout was 61.2%.
The full results can be viewed in the Declaration of Result of Poll.
The Winchfield Neighbourhood Plan has passed the referendum and will now be brought into force by the Council in March to become part of the development plan.
Information on the Referendum, was published in an Information Statement which also identified the Referendum area:
A copy of the referendum documents can also be viewed from the links below:
- Neighbourhood Plan - Referendum version
- Decision statement including statement from the Council relating to basic conditions and provisions
- Summary of representations submitted to the Examiner
- Examiners Report
- Statement setting out information about town and country planning, neighbourhood planning and the referendum
Neighbourhood Plan Examination
Winchfield Parish Council submitted their proposed Neighbourhood Plan to Hart District Council on June 24 2016.
Hart District Council undertook a six week consultation on the proposed Neighbourhood Plan in July - September 2016.
The Council appointed Andrew Ashcroft to undertake the independent examination of the Plan and all comments received during the consultation on the submitted plan were sent to the appointed Examiner for consideration.
The Examiners Report was received on 4 October 2016 and can be viewed under the specified referendum documents above.
The Examiner raised a number of queries during the course of the Examination. These queries and responses from either Hart District Council or Winchfield Parish Council are set out below:
- Examiners request to WPC - Points for Clarification
- WPC response to request for clarification
- Examiners proposed Modification to Policy B5 Local Green Space
- WPC response to modification to Policy B5
- Examiners queries to HDC re national policy
- HDC response to Examiner queries
Copies of the Neighbourhood Plan Examination documents and Evidence base can be viewed below:
- Winchfield Submission Plan
- Winchfield Consultation Statement
- Winchfield Basic Conditions Statement
- Winchfield Neighbourhood Plan: Evidence Base
Details of progress on the Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed below:
Held on Thursday 2 February 2017 - Declaration of Result of Poll
|Examination: September 2016||Examiners Report received on 4 October 2016|
Current stage – see links above for consultation documents.
This document sets out whether there is a need for the Plan to produce a Strategic Environmental Assessment. It concludes that there is no need for further assessment.
Consultation on the Winchfield Pre-Submission Neighbourhood Plan 2015 – 2032
March – April 2016
On 8 January 2015, Hart District Council approved the designation of the whole civil parish of Winchfield as a Neighbourhood Area, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
Details of the Neighbourhood Area can be viewed below:
Further details of the Winchfield Neighbourhood Plan will be available from the Winchfield Parish Council website.
Winchfield Parish Council contact details