Portsmouth is growing and we're planning how the city will look in the future and the steps we need to take to meet our development needs up to 2034.

We'll develop a 'Local Plan' which will set out vision for the city but we're looking for input from residents to help us shape the plan for growth and development.

The first stage of this is a consultation on the initial 'Issues and Options' document.  Feedback from this will then inform how the Local Plan is prepared and there will be further opportunity to comment on that stage a draft plan during a further consultation period in 2018 and the Local Plan will complete in Spring 2019.

We're in the early stages of preparing the new Portsmouth Local Plan and our 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 consultation on the Issues and Options document is now underway. 

Council Leader Cllr Donna Jones said: "We're really keen to hear from residents and businesses; we want your thoughts on our initial ideas and your suggestions for planning the city's future.  This is your chance to help us to shape the city's landscape and opportunities for growth and development.  The feedback we get will help us to mould our Local Plan so please let us know what you think."

Further information on the Local Plan is online, in the civic offices and all the libraries and community centres across the city and there is a questionnaire for participants to complete: www.portsmouthcc.gov.uk search Local Plan.

Exhibitions will be held in venues across the city in September to explain the consultation in more detail - dates of these events are on the website.

We want your views on the Issues and Options document, we want to hear from residents, businesses and organisations  if you think we've identified all the planning issues correctly and what you think of the options we have for the future. We'll use the results of this consultation to help our work on the new Local Plan which we'll be working on over the next year.