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New Portsmouth Local Plan Consultation

Public Consultation until 31 October 2021

We’ve created a new draft local plan for the city which sets 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. Have we got it right?

You can visit our virtual consultation room, read all the information and give your feedback until 31 October 2021.

We are also holding drop in events for those without internet access or who do not get on with the virtual room.

  • Saturday 16 October, 10am – 1pm, Cosham Library, Spur Road, Cosham.
  • Tuesday 19 October, 4pm – 8pm, Pompey in the Community, Anson Road, Fratton.
  • Wednesday 20 October, 10am – 2pm, Central Library, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.

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

How to use the virtual consultation room

Tips to get the most from the room

The local plan is a big document. We have tried to make it easier for you to look at it and provide your feedback by splitting it into sections.

When you enter the room play the start video and then make your way clockwise round room.

Each section has a video, banner or map which you can view. You can then click on the feedback tab in the drop down menu to read that section of the plan and provide feedback.

It is important to read the relevant section before answering the questions so you fully understand what is being proposed in the plan.

The room is open until 31 October and we recommend you come and go to look at a section at a time and provide your feedback.

If you do not get on with the virtual consultation room please come along to one of our drop in events instead.

If you have any problems with the room or any queries please email

All the supporting documents will be published in the virtual consultation room soon. If you cannot find a document please contact us and we will send it to you.

Current planning policy framework

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 which were published for comment from 11 February to Monday 25 March 2019. The summary document sets out the main points that have been identified. Taking into account all the responses received until now, a draft Local Plan has now been prepared for full public consultation.

The summary document of responses for Local Plan evidence based documents sets out the main points identified. Copies of the individual responses received can be found at Public Access Portsmouth.

The detailed evidence base studies being gathered for the emerging new Local Plan are set out on the new local plan evidence page.

Further information

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, contact us:

Planning Policy,

Portsmouth City Council,

Civic Offices, Guildhall Square,

Portsmouth, PO1 2AU.

Associated documents

Local Plan scheme 2021
Local Plan 2019 - evidence base consultation

Local Plan Update – the document summarises evidence for the new Local Plan which was published in February 2019.

Tipner and Horsea regeneration

Tipner Strategic Development Area – this document was published in February 2019 to set out the issues and outline an possible option for the regeneration of Tipner and Horsea which included the reclamation of land from Portsmouth Harbour.

The Future of Tipner and Horsea – this document contains the main points of the Future of Tipner and Horsea consultation in February 2019.

Tipner and Horsea Island Consultation Summary

Issues and Options 2017 consultation