King Alfred Place Estate Improvements - consultation

Closed 18 Mar 2024

Opened 5 Mar 2024

Feedback updated 1 May 2024

We asked

The Estate Improvements Team put forward a scheme to provide the residents of King Alfred Place with better opportunities to enjoy the communal outdoor spaces, improved drying facilities and secure cycle storage.

The proposal included creating more useable space by moving back a retaining wall, providing seating, planters, water butts, washing lines and secure cycle storage, as well as, replacing damaged fencing and extending the block paving.

We specifically asked residents if they wished to

  • Grow their own plants, fruit and vegetables
  • Dry their washing outside
  • Keep a bicycle

You said

We received seven responses as follows:

  • 85.7% of respondents are interested in growing their own plants, fruits, and vegetables
  • Some respondents wanted to dry their laundry outside and were keen for the washing line to be located in a central position to take advantage of the sun
  • 57.1% said that they would make use of secure bicycle storage despite only 28.6% currently owning a bike
  • There were several requests for secure garden storage and for repairs to be made to the fencing

We did

We have amended the plan in response to residents’ feedback and requirements and are now working towards delivering the improvements.


As part of our Estate Improvements Programme, Winchester City Council wishes to consult with residents on a proposal to carry out improvements to the communal outdoor spaces at King Alfred Place.

The aim is to provide residents with better opportunities to enjoy the communal outdoor spaces, improved drying facilities and secure cycle storage. 

Seating areas are proposed so that residents can all enjoy the outside space and reap the health benefits that this can bring.


The provision of raised planters will allow residents, who would like to, to grow their own plants, flowers, vegetables.  A water butt is included to support this opportunity.  Again, being outdoors is good for well-being and growing your own is sustainable and good for the planet. 


The addition of planted borders aims to soften the courtyard areas, provide year-round interest, and attract wildlife into the garden.

Taking account of the limited space, and to retain space available for sitting outside, a solution for outdoors drying is offered.  Drying washing outside is more sustainable and better for the environment, less expensive and helps to keep homes free from moisture.

A cycle shed has been included, this will afford residents a secure and readily accessible place to keep their cycles.  Supporting residents to use cycles, when they wish to, is beneficial for both individuals and the City, helping to make Winchester a cleaner and greener place to live.

These changes align with Winchester City Council’s aspirations for residents of living well, pride in place and faster greener. 

Please see the sketch (not to scale) below for an outline of the project:

 These changes will be achieved by:

  • Lower garden (21 – 23) the retaining wall will be moved back by approximately 1.6m in order to open up the space for communal seating areas, two shrub borders created to divide the space
  • Extending the existing block paving to cover the whole lower garden area
  • Installation of seating and tables (circular or rectangular whichever fits the space best) in both gardens
  • Installation of a double line washing line on posts in the lower garden
  • Installation of wooden raised planters for those residents who wish to tend plants
  • Installation of water butt  
  • Installation of a secure cycle shed

All images are intended to give an idea of the types of features that could be incorporated in the final design which would then be agreed with the chosen contractor.


The cost of all works will be covered by the Estate Improvements budget.

Why your views matter

We have worked hard to create a design which answers the needs of all residents but we are interested to hear your own views.

Please click the online survey link below to leave us your feedback on the proposals.

If you do not have online access please call Tania Harris on 01962 848 314 to share your views.

We will update residents following this consultation process.

What happens next

Thank you for your feedback in relation to this project.

We will contact all residents again with the outcome of this consultation process.


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  • Council Tenants


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