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Introduction

The future of Bushfield Camp

Legal & General and Gisborne, in partnership with the Church Commissioners for England, have submitted their plans for the employment-led regeneration of Bushfield Camp in Winchester. A best-in-class mixed use knowledge park with inclusivity, connectivity and vibrancy at the heart, the redevelopment of Bushfield will generate a wealth of social, economic and environmental benefits for the city and wider district.

Prioritising sustainability and community, circa 60% of the 44-hectare Bushfield Camp site will be managed as publicly accessible and biodiverse green space – playing a key role in supporting the aims of Winchester City Council’s Green Economic Development strategy.

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The site

The missing green link

Red line boundary
Red line boundary

The site spans more than 100 acres and benefits from an existing allocation in Winchester City Council’s 2013 adopted local plan and a draft allocation within the Regulation 18 consultation plan, to deliver: “high quality flexible business and employment space, an innovative education hub and [space for] creative industries”.

Bushfield occupies a spectacular location overlooking the Itchen River valley, Winchester Cathedral and the Hospital of St Cross and facing St Catherine’s Hill. Bushfield is a very significant piece of land, bridging the city to the rural land beyond. There is currently a small parcel to the north of the site which the owner has granted permissive access to the public, however no public right of access exists across the rest of the site.

Representing a unique legacy project for Winchester, a large focus for the future development will be to ensure it is accessible by all. We want to open up Bushfield, making 60 acres of green formally accessible. Once developed, the site will have public access, as the developers seek to knit the proposals into the local community – making Bushfield a shared experience and an enhanced local amenity for the public to enjoy.

Our proposals provide an opportunity to create a new knowledge quarter for Winchester on a scheme which puts sustainability, inclusivity and wellbeing at the heart of its design as well as improve access and secure the long-term future management of the previously undeveloped parts of the site for recreational use and environmental enhancement.

The proposals provide an opportunity to create a new knowledge quarter which puts sustainability, inclusivity and wellbeing at the heart of its design.

Proposals

Key features of the new knowledge quarter for Winchester

Winchester City Council’s Green Economic Development Strategy aims to ensure that Winchester and the wider District benefits from investment in new infrastructure and innovation, growth of new goods and services, and demand for the new jobs and skills needed to enable the transition to net zero. Bushfield Camp has a key role to play in realising this ambition.

Illustrated view of the knowledge quarter
New employment space to learn, train, innovate and work locally, whilst accessing leisure space integral to overall well-being.
Circa 60% of the overall site to be retained and managed as publicly accessible and biodiverse green space
New walking and cycling routes from Badger Farm via Whiteshute Ridge, and crossing Badger Farm Road plus a new route to St Cross Roundabout.
Aim to become a Net Zero Carbon community through early-stage focus on embodied and operational carbon reduction through design, and developing a UK Green Building Council (UKGBC)-aligned Net Zero plan to achieve Net Zero in operation and construction.
The developers have worked closely with WCC to align with transport policies, to explore how the current Park & Ride buses could integrate into the proposals. Subject to planning permission, these buses will serve Bushfield, and when the first phase of development is complete, the development partnership will commit to a bespoke bus service for occupiers to complement the existing public transport service.
There is an opportunity to complement and enhance local amenities at Bushfield. The development partnership is actively encouraging dialogue with all interested parties and stakeholders in how this can benefit the neighbouring communities – health, family, leisure and social facilities will be an exciting and much needed addition to lifestyle and work possibilities on Bushfield.

The masterplan will define new and positive relationships between people and landscapes with new public spaces and routes.

Masterplan

Timeline

Milestones

  1. September 2021

    Consultation with Winchester begins on an evidenced based approach including biodiversity surveys, heritage and stakeholder discussions.
  2. Stage 1

  3. October 2022

    Newsletters sent to 3,725 local residents Launch of project website
  4. November 2022

    First consultation events: 18 November, Shawford Parish Hall, 20 November – Download exhibition boards Badger Farm Community Centre Ongoing consultation with statutory consultees, including: South East Design Review Panel, Historic England and South Down National Park Authority
  5. Stage 2

  6. January 2023

    Newsletters sent to 3,725 local residents Second stage consultation events: 13 January, Shawford Parish Hall, 14 January, Badger Farm Community Centre and high street market stall – Download exhibition boards Ongoing consultation with statutory consultees, including: South East Design Review Panel, Historic England and South Down National Park Authority
  7. March 2023

    Social value needs workshops with local stakeholder groups gathering understanding on the local social, economic and environmental needs and priorities
  8. Stage 3

  9. May 2023

    Newsletters sent to 3,725 local residents Third stage consultation events: 19 May, The Refectory and high street market stall, 20 May, Badger Farm Community Centre – Download exhibition boards Ongoing consultation with statutory consultees, including: South East Design Review Panel, Historic England and South Down National Park Authority
  10. Submission and ongoing consultation

  11. October 2023

    Outline planning application submitted – application number: 23/02507/OUT Winchester City Council statutory consultation Legacy land engagement and steering group
  12. We are here
  13. Determination – anticipated Spring 2024

    Assuming grant of planning permission
  14. Reserved matters application – 2024 / 2025

  15. Consultation on a reserved matters planning application Submit reserved matters planning application Winchester City Council statutory consultation on planning application Anticipated planning committee determination of reserved matters planning application
  16. Construction – 2025 / 2026

  17. Work begins on site

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Let us know what you would like to see incorporated as part of the 26 hectares (in excess of 60 acres) of legacy land that will be retained as publicly accessible and biodiverse green space.

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