The masterplan is officially known as the Seafront Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

It sets out guidelines for how the seafront could be improved and conserved. It also makes recommendations on the possible things that could happen along the seafront.

We consulted with local people in 2018, 2019, and 2020 before finalising the masterplan.

The final masterplan, which has replaced the 2013 Seafront Masterplan, was considered in a full Cabinet meeting on Friday 19 March.  As an adopted planning document, it will be used to guide developers and help the council make decisions on proposals for the area.

The masterplan has also been updated to make sure it includes the opportunities created by the Southsea Coastal Scheme, which is constructing new sea defences.  It also covers themes including:

  • climate change
  • health and wellbeing
  • heritage
  • natural environment
  • public spaces
  • transport and access
  • economy and attractions
  • development opportunities

A Collaborative Enhancement Plan (CEP) has also been produced to complement the Seafront Masterplan. This contains more ideas and suggestions for how the ambitions of the masterplan could be realised. The aim of the CEP is to demonstrate the ‘art of the possible’ and one scenario for how the masterplan could be delivered as part of the new sea defences.

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Adopted Seafront Masterplan information

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