Winchester City Council notes that developer TH Real Estate has withdrawn its appeal against the judicial review decision on the 2014 Silver Hill development scheme. The Council was not party to this appeal.
The appeal against the February 2015 judgement that the proposed changes to the scheme were unlawful was due to be heard in May 2016.The effect was that the 2009 scheme remained in place but the proposed 2014 changes could not go ahead.
The City Council served letters on 10 February that gave the developer three months’ notice of termination of the development agreement. This means that the development agreement will terminate in May 2016 and withdrawal of the appeal has no direct impact on the Council. The developer has advised that it is not proceeding with its proposed application for judicial review of the Council’s decision to serve the termination notice.
The City Council’s Cabinet has decided to pause before determining how to proceed with development in central Winchester.
After the election in May, the new administration will look again at central Winchester regeneration. This will involve fresh public engagement leading to a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).
Plans for replacing the St Clement’s surgery in nearby Upper Brook Street, formerly part of the Silver Hill development, are proceeding separately.