The consultation for the following plans ran until 23 March 2012 (12 noon): it is now closed for comment. You can view these documents online (click the links), or as a hard copy at the council offices and libraries listed below.
The City Centre Action Plan sets out how new development can help to upgrade, revitalise and better connect our buildings, streets and public spaces over the next 15 years. 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 proposes to reduce the targets for office development from 322,000 sq m to 120,000 sq m reflecting the impact of the current recession. 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 (document available to download below) is a visionary development and investment framework for the city centre over the next 20 years – a much longer timescale than the City Centre Action Plan. It has been used to set the approach for the City Centre Action Plan. The City Centre Master Plan has been commissioned by Southampton City Council and has been prepared by a consultant team led by David Lock Associates.
The consultant team has undertaken an extensive review of background information, site visits, briefings and a range of consultation events and workshops. The Stage 1 Report (downloadable below) summarises the results of this process. It highlights the key issues facing the city centre, identifies the vision and themes for the master plan, identifies frameworks to guide the development of the city centre and explores opportunities for areas of major change.
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.
View consultation documents at the following council offices:
Gateway One Stop Shop, One Guildhall Square, SO14 7FP and Central Local Housing Office, 100F St. Mary Street, SO14 1PE.
View consultation documents at the following libraries:
Central, Bitterne, Burgess Road, Cobbett Road, Millbrook, Lordshill, Portswood, Shirley, Thornill, Weston and Woolston.