Winklebury, Basingstoke

Our proposals aim to regenerate and transform Winklebury to bring long-term improvements to those living and working in the area.

Transforming central Winklebury

Our Winklebury regeneration proposals are focused on transforming the local area to bring long-term improvements to those living and working in the community.  Our plans encompass the Winklebury Centre, the former Play Council site, land off Carisbrooke Close and the former Fort Hill School site. 

Our proposals will deliver around 200 high-quality homes, a minimum of 40% will be for affordable housing, addressing an important priority in the area. We will also create a new large community park at the former Fort Hill School site, a pre-school, high-quality play facility, sustainable and flexible community space and a healthcare centre, and retail hub that meets local needs and reflects the changing retail landscape.

Take a look at our CGI fly through below to see how we propose to transform Winklebury.

Working in partnership

We're working closely with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care Board (ICB - previously NHS Clinical Commissioning Group) on our regeneration plans to ensure we create a high-quality and sustainable community which everyone can be proud of. 

Community engagement so far

We’ve worked in collaboration with the community, council, stakeholders and influencers to ensure our proposals will benefit the local area.  

We first met the public and community stakeholder groups in February 2020 for a community planning day and were delighted with how many people were in attendance. We listened to their ideas for the regeneration, and they told us what was most important to them. We really value this input and feedback and have used it to help shape our proposals.

Since then, we've been revising our plans and hosted a public webinar on 16 March 2022 to present our updated proposals and answer questions from the community.

You can watch the recording of the webinar, download our FAQs, view our exhibition boards from our community consultation event in 2020 and read our feedback report below.  

Community consultation exhibition boards February 2020

View our exhibition boards from our community consultation event

Community consultation event feedback report February 2020

Take a look at the feedback report from our community consultation event

Winklebury regeneration FAQs

Read our regeneration FAQs

Since our community planning day in February 2020, we’ve been keeping local residents and stakeholders updated on how we've incorporated their feedback and the progress of our proposals through the following newsletters:

We will continue to engage with the community and stakeholders through a variety of avenues throughout the duration of our planning application.

Support for our residents and retailers in the Winklebury Centre

To fully regenerate and transform the Winklebury Centre into new homes and retail units with street frontage and better parking, we need to decant existing residents living in the flats and temporarily move business owners. We understand the impact this will have on both residents and business owners so we’re supporting them every step of the way.

We’re working with all residents in the Winklebury Centre to understand their circumstances so we can support them in finding a new home that suits their needs and aspirations. We’re also working closely with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to ensure a smooth home move process for all social housing residents.  

Our proposed development will be completed in phases. We’re aiming to complete our development on the former Fort Hill School site before regenerating the Winklebury Centre, allowing us to offer those customers a new home in the new Fort Hill community once completed.   

To support business owners and minimise any disruption to their trade we’ve been liaising with each retailer to discuss their individual needs and future aspirations. Whilst the new units are being built, we’ll offer them the option to use temporary retail spaces within the centre so they can continue their trade and position as key businesses in the area. We’re currently in the process of surveying all retail units in the Winklebury Centre and we’re putting together a comprehensive plan, using a specialist provider, for the temporarrelocation of the businesses during the construction period.  

Once the regeneration is complete the retailers will benefit from enhanced facilities, better locations and an increase in footfall. 

If you’re an existing customer or business owner and have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email or phone 0800 652 0898.

Next steps

We’ve now submitted our planning application. This application, along with the plans and designs, is now available on Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s planning portal, where you can submit your comments directly as part of the formal public consultation.