Cycle Winchester needs your help in formulating its response to the proposals to re-develop the Sir John Moore Barracks when the Army moves out. This is an important development not only in its own right but also because of its proximity to Littleton (linking to the wider countryside) and Harestock (linking to the urban area of Winchester). More information on the development proposals including the proposed master plan can be viewed at https://avison-young.foleon.com/john-moore-barracks/john-moore-barracks/home/
The Cycle Winchester core group contacted the developers, asking for early input into the access strategy both within the development and to and from it. As a result, we have been offered a virtual meeting later this month with the consultants Avison Young and Capita, who are handling the environment and technical issues, including transport.
The initial consultation document refers to cycle routes within the development and also linkage to Harestock and Littleton but like many consultation documents it is not clear what that means. For example, there is a photo of some happy cyclists as a preface to the paragraph on a “A walkable neighbourhood”,
The document talks about direct cycle access to Littleton and Harestock (ie. in addition to the main motor vehicle access from Andover Road) but on the map these exit points are referred to as pedestrian access. These may just be poor drafting but we need to ensure that cycling is adequately considered right from the outset so that we get quality routes that go where cyclists want to go.
We would welcome input from any cyclists but in particular those who live in Littleton or Harestock.
If you would like to be involved in the development of the proposals to encourage cycling please contact Sue at [email protected].
If you don’t have time to be directly involved but do have cycling-related ideas concerning this development, please let us know using the same email. They can feed into our internal discussions prior to meeting with the developers.