The planning policy framework for Portsmouth is currently provided by:

Preparation of the new Portsmouth Local Plan

The council has now started work on preparing a new Local Plan.  The intention is that this new Plan will update and replace all of the above documents. The new Local Plan will contain;

  • Policies - for the development and protection of land
  • Site Allocations - land we are choosing for new development or for the re-development of existing buildings

The council has produced a timetable for the delivery of the new Local Plan, called the Local Development Scheme.  The timetable may be updated as the plan progresses.

We have also prepared a Statement of Community Involvement which sets out how we consult when dealing with planning applications and preparing the new Local Plan.

Issues and Options consultation

We are at the early stages in preparing the new Portsmouth Local Plan. The Issues and Options document sets out the council's understanding of the planning issues concerning the city, and options for how we deal with them.

The document, along with supporting material, was published for a consultation for 8 weeks which closed on 28 September 2017. All documents, including copies of the boards displayed in the consultation exhibitions are available for download below. Thank you to all those who attended the exhibitions and responded to the consultation.

All responses have now been processed and a report went to Cabinet on 11 December setting these out and a way forward for the local plan. A further report was considered by Cabinet on 6 July 2018 updating the position and setting out a revised timetable.

The responses to this consultation can be found by following this link to Public Access Portsmouth.

In the meantime, if you wish to contact planning policy team regarding the Local Plan, or you wish to be added to our list of contacts to be kept informed of future progress on the Local Plan, you can call us on 023 9243 7863, email us at  or write to us at: Planning Policy, Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AU.

Evidence base for the new Portsmouth Local Plan

The new Local Plan will draw upon a wide range of evidence, some of which is published by outside organisations and some produced by or on behalf of the council itself.  

2017 Authority Monitoring Report

The 2017 Authority Monitoring Report was approved for publication at the PRED meeting of 28 February 2018.

Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment

This technical document considers the future supply of land which may be suitable, available and achievable for housing and economic development over the plan period.  It incorporates the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment required by the National Planning Policy Framework.

Background Paper - Housing needs and housing targets

This paper provides more detail on the issues around housing need.

Background paper - Student housing and housing targets

This paper sets out the available evidence on the role that new bespoke student housing plays in the wider housing market, and the contribution student housing can make towards meeting general housing needs.

Background Paper - The Contribution of windfalls to housing supply

This paper sets out the evidence on the number of smaller sites expected to come forward over the Plan period.

Partnership for Urban South Hampshire - Spatial Position Statement and evidence

This external website sets out the South Hampshire Planning Position Statement and associated evidence on the overall need for and distribution of development in South Hampshire.

The following documents have been prepared by outside organisations and do not necessarily represent the views of the city council.  However, they are relevant to the future planning of Portsmouth.

Business Needs, Site Assessments and Employment Land Study

The study considers the quality and suitability of existing and potential new employment sites across the city.

Portsmouth Retail Study 2015

This study assesses the vitality and viability of the City Centre, Southsea Town Centre and Cosham, Elm Grove/Albert Rd, Fratton and North End district centres. It also considers retail trends, and the need and likely impact of a major retail led development in the city centre.

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