DETAILS over how plans to regenerate central Winchester will be delivered will be discussed by councillors at a new committee next week.

The Central Winchester Regeneration Committee meets for the first time on Tuesday, following the approval of the supplementary planning document (SPD) for the Silver Hill 2 scheme, officially known as the Central Winchester Regeneration project.

The meeting will be held in the Walton Suite, Guildhall Winchester, at 4.30pm.

Council leader Caroline Horrill, who is also chairwoman of the cross-party committee, said: "While we were finalising the SPD, people told us loud and clear to ‘get on with it now’.

"It is therefore exciting that – less than a month after the SPD was adopted – we are in a position to hear about the progress already happening to ensure the area continues to thrive for residents, tourists and businesses."

The committee will hear about some of the immediate plans for the area, including leases that, according to a council spokesman, are about to be signed for a children’s theatre company in the Antiques Market; a gin distillery in the space above Poundland and a mural at the bus station.

Members are also expected to agree plans for ongoing discussions around archaeology and how the committee will work with external advisers and experts.