Southampton City Council launches consultation asking for your help to shape the future of the city

With the population of the city estimated to grow by nearly 26,000 over the next two decades, the council needs to think ahead

City vision

Southampton City Council want to hear the views and ideas of those who live, work and study in the city with the launch of its Southampton City Vision consultation on Monday 10 February.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to have their say, from the beginning of the process through to the point at which we have a final plan. We will be working on developing Southampton City Vision over the next two years and want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved. We will also be using our Year of the Child initiative to ensure that children and young people are actively involved in our consultations so that we can be sure their voices are heard as we shape the city they will inherit in the future.

People shaping places to meet the challenges of the future

With the population of the city estimated to grow by nearly 26,000 over the next two decades, the council needs to think ahead and put policy in place to ensure Southampton continues to grow in a sustainable way. Southampton City Vision will plan for the next 30 years, making sure that the city will be fit for the future. The plan will need to cover key issues such as providing the right homes, workspaces, public spaces and transport infrastructure, but will also need to consider how we can protect and enhance our historic and natural environment.

The main challenges and areas of opportunity that the council is seeking feedback on are: environment and climate change, new homes for a growing and ageing population, technology and the jobs market, getting around the city and growth and investment in the city including economy, the future of the high street, culture and leisure.

Leader of Southampton City Council, Councillor Christopher Hammond, said: “We are entering a period of immense change, where we will need to face the big challenges and opportunities ahead. We need to plan for the long term by developing our vision for how the city will develop over the next 30 years.

“We need the views of everyone who lives and works in Southampton to help us prioritise where we focus our resources. We want the Local Plan to improve the wellbeing of everybody both young and old by tackling the climate emergency, creating opportunities in the rapidly changing jobs market and a building a fair economy.

“We’ve come a long way in the past few years in shaping Southampton into a place where people want to live, work and visit. I’m really excited about what the future holds for us all.”