Golf Course and housing development – update

Further to the website post on 31 March, regarding the site investigation by Bloor Homes Southern, see below for latest update.

Email from Roger Tomey General Manager on behalf of South Winchester Golf Club on 30 April 2021

The wording in the link above is the email from Roger Tomey, General Manager on behalf of South Winchester Golf Club on 30 April 2021.

The email notifies members of the South Winchester Golf Club that terms for the sale of the freehold of the site have been agreed between Crown Golf and Bloor Homes.

Bloor Homes is one of the largest privately owned housebuilding groups in the UK.

The terms include for the site to be leased back to Crown Golf, initially until 2026 (the end date of the deed of covenant).

The email states that the SHELAA (Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Allocation) being undertaken by Winchester City Council (WCC) has heightened speculative interest in South Winchester and has led to numerous approaches with a view to purchase the freehold of the club.

This appears somewhat misleading, as the SHELAA document (site ref HU01) states that “The site is being promoted by the sole landowner (who) has stated that the site is available for development”.  It also states that “The promoters of the site have not specified any issues regarding the viability in developing the site”.

Any development of the site is identified in the SHELAA to be in the period 10 – 15 years from the start of the new Local Plan, so the restrictions arising from the covenant appear to have been anticipated.

The South Winchester Golf Club site was included by WCC in the current and previous SHELAAs because it was promoted for development by Crown Golf.

The PC issued guidance to local residents on responding to the recent WCC Strategic Issues and Priorities (Your Place Your Plan) consultation, including how to score their Options and promoting a new Option.

Although the Golf Club is in Hursley Parish, the PC supports SSWCG (Save South Winchester Campaign Group) in resisting development on this site.  There are many sites more suitable for housing within the Winchester District, without removing this beautiful, amenity space.

Strategic Issues and Priorities Consultation for the new WCC Local Plan – update

Text of an email sent to the contacts list:

As promised, please see attached the full response from Oliver’s Battery Parish Council (PC) on completing the Strategic Issues and Priorities consultation for the Winchester District’s new Local Plan, promoted on Winchester City Council’s website as Your Place Your Plan.  NB the closing date is 12 April 2021.

The first page is the “About you” page from the consultation website, relevant for a submission from an organisation. The link to this page in the consultation is  This is marked in the consultation as a required section and within it answers are required to questions 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 14.  Although the answers do not need to be provided in this format it is important that they are clearly included in your response.

You have received the shorter versions of the PC’s response covering the key issues and may have already responded to WCC.

If you want to provide a more complete response, the PC hopes you will find the attached helpful but, of course, you can choose whether or not to follow the PC’s responses.

If you are following the PC’s responses, where possible please use your own words.

Not everyone in Oliver’s Battery is on this Contacts List, so please feel free to share this with any local residents who you think might find it useful.

Strategic Issues and Priorities consultation – OBPC response – Full Final – 6 April

Golf Course and possible development

South Winchester Golf Course – Bloor Homes Southern site investigation map

The photo  in the above link was taken by a local resident of a map on the Golf Course.

Another local resident was told by the contractors it was for the Environment Agency (EA), but when checked, the EA denied any knowledge of any work there.

An email sent to golf club members confirms that the survey being undertaken at the club is by a property specialist, to establish the site’s suitability for future development.

Attention is drawn not only to the locations of works across the golf course but that the client is noted as Bloor Homes Southern.

Golf Course and further developments

This update is based on the letter from the Golf Club manager to members, which confirms that the survey being undertaken at the club by a property specialist this week is in connection with a future development.

As noted in the earlier post, the South Winchester Golf Course is included in the SHELAA (Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment), which are sites that landowners tell WCC are available for development.  WCC has concluded that the site can be developed with enough space for 1,072 houses between 10 and 15 years in the future.

If you want to let WCC know what you think about development at the Golf Course and about Royaldown, please see other posts in News about how to respond to the WCC consultation “Your Place Your Plan”.

Golf Course and possible development

A local resident has reported, via Jan Warwick our County Councillor, that a firm is doing a survey and/or soil tests across the whole area of South Winchester Golf Course, which appears to be something to do with a housing development.

The South Winchester golf course is included in the SHELAA (Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment), which are sites that landowners tell WCC are available for development.

Finding out about this makes it even more important that as many people as possible respond to the local plan consultation.  See post dated 20th March below for how to respond.  Post is named – Royaldown / Save South Winchester /Local Plan Consultation

This site would fit into WCC’s Homes for All Option 2, which is why we have issued guidance to local residents about the importance of responding to the consultation and why we think Option 2 (an extension of Winchester) is the third worst option (Option 3 new settlement, eg Royaldown, being worst).

The consultation is not just about the risk of a development like Royaldown but also other large developments in and around Oliver’s Battery. 

If you haven’t already responded to the consultation, please do so before 12 April.

The Council are trying to establish what is happening at the golf course and why and will update you when we receive any further information.

Royaldown / Save South Winchester /Local Plan Consultation

In relation to the guidance for Residents on Completing the Winchester City Council Strategic Options and Priorities Consultation issued by the PC recently, I’ve received a request to simplify the guidance to only the Green Belt and Homes for All Options, for those who would like to support the PC and SSW and just want to respond to these key issues.

Completing the whole consultation is challenging even with guidance, so as requested, I’ve attached guidance only focussed to the Green Belt and Homes for All Options.

I’ve also included some guidance  on how to find your way into the consultation, which I hope you’ll find helpful. Please click on the link  below to download the document.

OBPC Guidance for Local Residents – Green Belt and Homes for All Options

I’ve changed the colour of some of the text to red if you want to go completely minimalist and not include any of the associated info. Please don’t forget to rank the 4 Options in Q1 of Homes for All (although none are the preferred option, by ranking these options you are confirming to WCC which are the worst), as well as including Option 5 as the preferred option.

Please remember, if you want to answer more questions, you can do so and further guidance will be issued in early April.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

David Kirkby

Vice Chair Oliver’s Battery Parish Council

National Census Day Action Fraud Advice

From Neighbourhood Alert:

As most people may be aware, National Census Day is on 21 March.

As part of this, households across the UK are currently receiving letters which include an unique 16-digit code to access the census online.

Criminals may try to use this as an opportunity to send out phishing emails or texts. Below is advice from our Action Fraud partners:

* You will only be contacted about the census via letter – never email, text or phone.
* When filling out the census you will be asked for personal details such as your date of birth, your occupation and where you live. You will never be asked to provided your national insurance numbers or financial details.

For information about the census, please visit:

Advice on keeping yourself safe from scams can be found here: