Bishop’s Waltham Development Plan
The group of residents working on the Bishop’s Waltham Development Plan has now submitted all its reports to Winchester City Council. These include details of the amount, type and location of all developments in the Parish for the next 20 years. The Community Survey and the “Design Bishop’s Waltham” event provided major inputs, so all residents have had the opportunity to have their say.
Discussions have been held with the relevant developers and landowners to explain what Bishop’s Waltham requires. Now the alternative options for the development plan are being drawn up. The results will be subjected to a 6 week period of community consultation early in the New Year. Following that, a final plan will be prepared for independent scrutiny before being adopted at the end of 2014. Until that date, no developments will be permitted outside of the current settlement boundary without the express agreement of the Parish Council.
Please participate in the forthcoming community consultation. Bishop’s Waltham is your town. For the first time, you can help to shape its future development.
The full results of the Community Survey
may be viewed here
Watch this space for further information on the Development Plan.
More information on the Development Plan
Bishop’s Waltham’s Christmas activities
get off to an impressive start with the arrival of a huge 18ft Christmas tree complete with lights in time for the art and craft market on Sunday 24 November
. Things get into full swing on Thursday 5 December with the annual Christmas Fayre hosted by Bishop’s Waltham Traders. This year the theme is “Tinsel Town
” so look out for the tinsel decorated shop windows. The fun kicks off at 6pm with the arrival of Santa on his sleigh, but with free parking from 3pm onwards, you’d do well to arrive early and get some Christmas shopping done in the wonderful selection of independent shops. Don’t spend all your money though because from 6pm 25 stalls will line the high street to tempt you with their wares.
From 6:15pm local children will be performing carols on the stage, and Santa will take up residence in his grotto. As if all that wasn’t enough, there’ll be a Christmas nativity scene outside Labels dress shop, with real animals
. The event is once again supporting Homestart
, a charity which supports local families with young children. All the shops will stay open late for the fayre, and will also open on the two Sundays before Christmas, giving you even more time to get those last minute gifts.
Bishop’s Waltham will also celebrate Small Business Saturday on Saturday 7 December
and once again parking will be free from 3pm. It’s a chance for customers to show their support for their local shops and services, so stay local on Saturday 7 December!”
Improving Community Communications
A Street Agent in each area and locality of Bishop’s Waltham is required to help regularly update and inform their neighbours of ‘what is happening’ in their town. One or two Development volunteers could share the task of delivering communications in their street, such as the Parish Council quarterly news letter, and other informative leaflets regarding local events.
This activity would involve approximately half hour of the volunteers time per quarter, at their own pace and convenience. When an Agent for a street / area is identified, these communications will then be delivered separate from the postal service and therefore will not be confused with ‘junk mail’. No one in our community will be disadvantaged by not being informed of community events.
If you believe that communication is a valuable asset to our community, and you enjoy walking and helping your neighbours, please consider becoming a Street/Area Agent for your locality.
Contact: Pat Wilson Email
for more information.