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Click the icon above to start reading the online edition of the WDS.

The Whitchurch ‘Village’ Design Statement (WDS) has been produced to illustrate the distinctive character of Whitchurch, Hampshire town and parish, as seen by residents, and to provide a set of guidelines that will help to preserve this character for future generations.

The WDS was adopted by B&DBC on July 22, 2004 as supplemental planning guidance. This means that the WDS must be used by all parties in the planning process as an active planning document when making or reviewing planning applications. The document should also be referred to when changes are proposed that may not require planning permission but will affect the appearance of the parish.

Whitchurch Design Statement (pdf document)

Click the icon above to obtain the pdf version of the WDS.

The WDS is reproduced here, on this website in web-format, for ease of access to individual sections and guidelines. In addition, supplemental material – the Evidence File – that was handed over to the Whitchurch Town Council – is to also on this site.

The original document is on the B&DBC website – click the icon above to download it.

Dive on in! Just click on the drop-down menu items above to jump directly to the various sections of the WDS.

Reasonable care has been taken to retain the original text and, where possible, diagrams, maps and photos. It is enhanced by links which can navigate you around the document, and in some cases, out of it – to relevant supplemental material.

Misteaks are possible: always refer to the original document whenever quoting, and do leave comments if you spot a problem on a page.

Your comments are welcome, and encouraged.

The WDS was produced by many local volunteers, under the leadership of Steve Hoffman (former editor of the Parish Magazine). The town council and others have officially thanked Steve before for all his efforts, and here I’d like to thank him publicly again. His volunteer efforts left the town with a legacy for future generations to embrace.


Andrew Reeves-Hall, Committee member and photographer for the WDS