The planning policy framework for Portsmouth is currently provided by:

Preparation of the new Portsmouth Local Plan

The new Local Plan will update and replace the three documents currently in use. It will include policies for the development and protection of land and site allocations for new development or for the re-development of existing buildings. The Local Development Scheme gives a timetable of activity that may be updated as the plan progresses, and a Statement of Community Involvement sets out how we consult when dealing with planning applications and preparing the new Local Plan.

Since our Issues and options consultation in 2017, we have prepared or received a wide range of evidence studies published below for comment during the consultation period from 11 February to Monday 25 March 2019. The summary document sets out the main points that have been identified. Following this the Plan will be drafted for full public consultation later this year.

You can discuss the evidence at "Drop-in" sessions during the consultation period

  • Portsmouth Central Library (Guildhall Square), Guildhall Walk PO1 2DX
  • Menuhin Room, Third floor (by Lily and Lime Café)
  • Tuesday 12 February, 1pm - 5:45pm
  • Wednesday 20 February, 1pm - 5:45pm
  • Thursday 14 March, 1pm - 5:45pm

The main consultation documents and response forms are available from:

  • Civic offices,
  • City libraries (Evidence documents are also available)
  • Community centres
  • Housing offices.

We are also consulting on the Tipner and Hilsea development area. This is open from 11 February to 25 March 2019. For further information on the consultation and its events, visit our Future of Tipner and Horsea consultation page.

Please give all your feedback via our online consultation survey or via the paper copies available in the above locations. An electronic version can also be posted or emailed to the addresses below.

All the responses made to the previous Issues and Options consultation are still relevant and can be found at Public Access Portsmouth. They will be taken into account when we draft the Plan 

For any further comments or questions on 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, 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 studies

  • Biodiversity background paper - this details the city's ecological networks and the existing strategies in place to minimise impacts on biodiversity, and considers how net gains in biodiversity could be delivered.
  • Employment Land study - this sets out the most recent evidence on employment land needs in the city to 2036. It also provides a supplement to the Business Needs, Site Assessments and Employment Land Study consulted upon in 2017.
  • Green Infrastructure background paper - this sets out how the city's green infrastructure can be protected and strengthened.
  • Health background paper - this has been prepared consider how the Local Plan can be used as a tool to address the findings of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.
  • Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) - this sets out how the technical exercise of identifying and evaluating land for its potential to deliver development for housing or economic purposes has been undertaken. It does not allocate land for development.
  • Housing needs and housing targets - this provides and update to the Housing Needs and Housing Targets paper produced in 2017. It brings together the available evidence on housing need.
  • Local Plan Update February 2019 - this summarises the current consultation and provides guidance on how to respond.
  • Open spaces assessment - this contains an independent assessment of the amount and quality of open spaces across the city.
  • Portsmouth gypsy and traveller needs - this sets out the results of an investigation into the needs for gypsy travellers and travelling show people for permanent pitches and plots in the city.
  • Retail background paper - this sets out the most recent evidence available on retail needs and the health of the city's retail centres.
  • Transport assessment evidence review - this is a review of existing high level analysis to support assessment of strategic sites in the city and identification of key issues, constraints and opportunities. It is the first stage in a full Transport Assessment to accompany the new Local Plan.
  • An assessment of tree cover in Portsmouth - this supplements the Green Infrastructure Background Paper. It sets out a detailed review of the current state of tree cover in Portsmouth.

Evidence base for the new Portsmouth Local Plan

The following documents have previously been published as part of the ongoing work for the Portsmouth Plan. 


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.

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