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We are currently updating our Local Plan to reflect the response received to the consultation that took place in September and October 2021. The Local Plan will cover the period to 2038.

Current planning policy framework

The Portsmouth Local Plan is a framework for delivering the aspirations and development needs of the city. The planning policy framework for Portsmouth is currently provided by:

Preparation of the new 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.

Consultation on the new Local Plan

We are creating a new local plan for the city that will set out where we build new homes, opportunities for local jobs and the facilities we need, and how we protect our environment and deliver the high quality spaces we want to see.

Draft Portsmouth Local Plan (September 2021)

The City Council is currently in the process considering all the responses received to the draft new Local Plan consultation (‘regulation 18’ stage) that ran from the 17th September to the 31st October 2021. The document presented the draft approach the sustainable development of Portsmouth, indicating what type of development can happen and where, guided by a number of draft policies.

Draft new Local Plan consultation document (2021)

You can view all the supporting documents on the new local plan evidence page

A summary report on the consultation responses and all individual comments will be published on this page.

Local Plan Evidence Base Update Consultation (February 2019)

Following the initial Issues and Options consultation in 2017, we produced a summary of the evidence work prepared for the new Local Plan and a wide range of evidence studies for comment from the 11th February to 25th March 2019.

Local Plan Evidence Base Update Consultation Document (2019)

Local Plan Evidence Base Update Consultation Responses Summary (2019)

All related documents and a link to individual responses can be found here.

Tipner and Horsea Consultation (February 2019)

A consultation document on the future of the Tipner Strategic Development Area also took place from the 11th February to the 25th March 2019. The document set out the issues and possible options for the regeneration of Tipner and Horsea Island which included the reclamation of land from Portsmouth Harbour.

Tipner Strategic Development Area Consultation Document (2019)

Tipner and Horsea Island Consultation Summary of responses (2019)

All related documents and a link to individual responses can be found here

Issues and Options consultation (August 2017)

This was the first formal stage in the production of the new Portsmouth Local Plan (the ‘Regulation 18’ consultation stage). The Issues and Options consultation document set out the Council’s understanding of the key planning issues for the future of the city, and the options for how to address them.

Portsmouth Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation (2017)

Portsmouth Local Plan summary of responses (2017)

The council has published a range of further evidence in relation to the Issues and Options Consultation which can be found here.

Further information

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, contact us:

  • email us at, or
  • write to us at:

Planning Policy,
Portsmouth City Council,
Civic Offices, Guildhall Square,
Portsmouth, PO1 2AU.

Associated documents

Local Plan scheme 2022