Landscape Character Assessment Consultation

Closed 21 Feb 2022

Opened 10 Jan 2022

Feedback updated 10 Mar 2022

We asked

  1. Do you have any comments on the Landscape Character Areas?
  2. Have we missed anything? If so, please state section and page number.

You said

  • Suggested amendments in relation to impacts upon the SDNP
  • Specific amendments within Soberton & Newton Parish relating to hedges, ponds, wildlife, health & well-being
  • Plant trees – areas to be identified/allocated
  • Ensure recreation grounds within Colden Common are named correctly
  • Extend the SDNP boundary further west
  • Requests relating to specific fields, re-wilding projects, specific areas for development, water suppliers, road concerns
  • Refer to Special Protection Areas as a small section of the designated River Hamble lies within the area

We did

  • Key issues to be updated in character areas adjacent to SDNP
  • These points will be incorporated
  • This document is not an action plan, it is an assessment of the character of the landscape
  • This will be amended
  • Not appropriate for this document
  • Not appropriate for this document however should be explored further through relevant village design statements and neighbourhood plans
  • To be included


Winchester City Council is consulting on a draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the updated Landscape Character Assessment (LCA). The SPD has been prepared for Winchester City Council by the Terra Firma Consultancy Ltd and incorporates changes to the landscape character of the district including the creation of the South Downs National Park. The document will, if adopted, provide additional guidance and understanding for development in the district and will supplement the Winchester District Local Plan Part 1 2013 and Part 2 2017 and the emerging Local Plan.

The main amendments are:

a) that the area of the district that now lies within the South Downs National Park (SDNP) will no longer form part of Winchester City Council’s Landscape Character Assessment. SDNP have their own LCA.

b) areas of the district that have changed considerably such as the developments of Barton Farm, West of Waterlooville and North Whiteley are noted along with changes such as solar farms.

Why your views matter

The Council welcomes the involvement of local residents, businesses and stakeholder groups. The Council is currently seeking feedback on the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for the updated Landscape Character Assessment. The SPD is available here. If you would like to comment, please fill in the online consultation below. 

The draft SPD was considered by the Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 8 December when approval was sought to start the formal consultation.

The formal consultation began on Monday 10 January.

Please ensure you submit your comments by 12 noon on 21 February 2022.

If you have any queries regarding this process please email us at or telephone (01962) 848 301.



  • Bishops Waltham
  • Boarhunt And Southwick
  • Cheriton And Bishops Sutton
  • Colden Common And Twyford
  • Compton And Otterbourne
  • Denmead
  • Droxford
  • Itchen Valley
  • Kings Worthy
  • Littleton And Harestock
  • Olivers Battery And Badger Farm
  • Owslebury And Curdridge
  • Shedfield
  • Sparsholt
  • St Barnabas
  • St Bartholomew
  • St John And All Saints
  • St Luke
  • St Michael
  • St Paul
  • Swanmore And Newtown
  • The Alresfords
  • Upper Meon Valley
  • Whiteley
  • Wickham
  • Wonston And Micheldever


  • Anyone from any background


  • Environmental