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Timely delivery for regeneration projects

Mark Bassett considers some of the legal issues and challenges that local authorities can face as they attempt to regenerate their localities, taking lessons from the well-documented Winchester scheme

4 July 2016

The Winchester Silver Hill scheme was based on a development agreement between Winchester City Council and a developer for a mixed-use retail and residential scheme in the city centre, with a development value of £130m, which was awarded in 2004.

While the principle of regeneration for Silver Hill was widely agreed, this scheme was bitterly opposed by some residents (and local businesses and landowners), primarily on the grounds that the design and mass of the development was inappropriate for the historic setting of Winchester's city centre.

This opposition resulted in successful judicial review proceedings being brought by Councillor Gottlieb against his own city council when the council and the developer tried to renegotiate the terms of the agreement. Ultimately, the agreement was terminated by the city council, leaving the developer with unrecoverable historic costs of at least &...

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