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Public consultation on city centre

We have now published the proposed submission versions of the City Centre Action Plan and Core Strategy Partial Review. These plans are available for comment from 6th September 2013 to 21st October 2013 (12 noon).

You can view these documents by clicking on the links below, or as a hard copy at the council offices and libraries listed below.

The City Centre Action Plan set out the policies and site allocations for development in Southampton City Centre to 2026. The plan will enable us create a city centre we can be proud of – a great place to do business, visit and live. It updates the statutory planning framework for the city centre and will be used by the council for deciding planning applications.
The Core Strategy Partial Review is a citywide plan that reduces the targets for office and retail development to reflect the impact of the economic recession. The proposed targets for offices are 110,000 sq m and for retail 100,000 sq m. It will form part of the statutory planning framework and the new targets are reflected in the City Centre Action Plan.

The City Centre Master Plan which helped to inform the preparation of the Action Plan, has been finalised following consultation last year and will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications where it is consistent with the City Centre Action Plan. The Final Report is available to download below.

The Public Realm Summary Report (also available to download below) outlines the assessment of the public space within the city centre, conducted by Gehl Architects. Their input is collected in this summary. It focuses on the assessment and evaluation that Gehl Architects has contributed to the process.

This is the final chance for you to comment on the City Centre Action Plan and Core Strategy Partial Review before they are submitted to the Government for independent examination. Any comments received will be passed on to an independent Planning Inspector who will consider whether the plans are ‘sound’ – if they are positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.

We would ask you to make your representation as an electronic submission using the official response form; please email an electronic version to

Alternatively please fill out the official response form and send it to:

Planning, Transport & Sustainability Division
Ground Floor, Civic Centre
Southampton, SO14 7LS

View consultation documents at the following council office:
Gateway One Stop Shop, One Guildhall Square, SO14 7FP.

View consultation documents at the following libraries:
Central, Bitterne, Lordshill, Portswood, Shirley, and Woolston.

Downloadable documents

Icon Name of file Size Download time
PDF document City Centre Master Plan - FINAL - Sept 2013 17606 KB 1mins, 10secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Stage 1 Report 9853 KB 39secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Public Realm Summary Report 11740 KB 46secs @ 2Mbps
Link to download Adobe Acrobat if required

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