IT LOOKS as though the negative stigma around Silver Hill could be fading away.

According to Winchester City Council, 79 per cent of people who attended an online consultation felt "excited or optimistic" about the new plans.

More than 2,000 people have attended the virtual meetings regarding the Silver Hill scheme, which is now known as Central Winchester Regeneration.

Cllr Kelsie Learney, cabinet member for housing and asset management said: "Proposals to revitalise the city centre will support our High Street and bring about positive change for Winchester.

"We are determined to deliver the best scheme, the best way, based on what we know the people of Winchester want. We are so excited about sharing our plans with the public and delighted that, despite the difficult times we are living through, people have taken the time to see them and share our enthusiasm to move forward.

"We are all having the change the way we do things and that so many people have been able to take part in this crucial, virtual, consultation is fantastic.

Consultation will close on January 12.

So far, 79 per cent of people said the virtual events are helpful.

A further 60 per cent said they are most excited about the creative space proposed for the site, which could include Kings Walk.

Cllr Learney added: "We have made our virtual exhibition room feel as much like being inside a real life exhibition room as possible, and I hope that anyone who has not yet visited will do so before it closes on January 12."

Proposals to develop the Silver Hill area, which incorporates Winchester Bus Station, Kings Walk, the old Friarsgate Medical Centre and Coitbury House, include creating a vibrant mixed-use development with new homes, flexible workspaces, a night-time economy and public spaces.