The Local Plan for Portsmouth is in the final stages of being prepared. After listening to views from residents, organisations and businesses and gathering evidence over the last few years, the new Local Plan will be discussed by councillors on 28 May. They will decide on whether to approve it for a final round of technical public consultation before submitting for independent examination. Once adopted it will become the statutory development plan for Portsmouth that will guide development in the city up to 2040.

The plan allocates sites for development, sets targets for new homes and jobs. It will also introduce city wide policies on design, greening and the climate emergency while recognising that the capacity for growth in the city is limited by land supply, flooding, and special area for nature conservation.

Councillor Hugh Mason, Cabinet Member for Planning Policy & City Development, said:

 “I welcome the new Local Plan for Portsmouth, which is our roadmap to achieving the Imagine Portsmouth 2040 Vision. Our development strategy is comprehensive, but we’re also realistic. We know growth here has limits due to land availability and protected natural areas. Despite these challenges, the Local Plan offers a clear path towards a future that will benefit our communities, economy, and environment.”

Councillors will be asked at the full council meeting to approve the draft pre-submission Portsmouth Local Plan and supporting reports including a Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment for a public six-week consultation starting in June.

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