Southampton City Vision

Aerial view of Southampton with Southampton City Vision logo

Planning affects us all; the homes we live in, the facilities we use, the different ways we travel, and the places we go to work and school.

Southampton City Vision sets out how Southampton City Council, as the Local Planning Authority, intends to deliver the new homes, employment areas, infrastructure and facilities that will be needed to enable the City to grow over the next 20 years while also protecting and enhancing the City’s environment and green areas.

Overall, the role of Southampton City Vision is to make sure that development happens in a coordinated way, taking into account local peoples’ views and collectively delivering everything needed for Southampton to grow. Previous iterations of this process have for example led to the redevelopment of the Fruit and Veg Market into Bow Square and have provided ongoing protection to the city’s green space and parks.” – Councillor Sarah Bogle, Cabinet Member for Economic Development

The council wants Southampton City Vision to be a place shaping tool that is both city wide and community focussed, meeting the development needs of the city whilst recognising the needs and diversity of individual communities.

Find out how you can help shape the future of the city in ‘Your Vision for Southampton’; the ‘Stories of Southampton’ show how past plans have helped transform the city and you can get into the detail with the documents library:

Southampton City Vision Timeline

Developing the Southampton City Vision document is a lengthy process that will bring together a wide number of technical studies and all the information collected through our consultation exercises.

1Summer 2022 (we're here now)

Southampton City Vision Policy Drafting

2Autumn 2022

Publish and consult on Southampton City Vision: Draft Plan with Options

3Spring 2023

Report on consultation

4Summer 2023

Publish and consult on final plan

5Autumn 2023

Analytics feedback and finalise Southampton City Vision

6December 2023

Publish and submit Southampton City Vision to the Planning Inspector

7Summer 2024

Examination of Southampton City Vision by the Planning Inspector


Adoption of Southampton City Vision

What will be included in Southampton City Vision?

One of the main challenges of producing this plan is to ensure that we address the city’s key issues whilst meeting the Government’s and legal requirements.

To meet these requirements, our plan will have to:

  • Identify land for new homes and workspaces, maximising the potential of space available
  • Provide necessary infrastructure and facilities to support the growth of the city
  • Protect and enhance the environment

However, we would also like our plan to:

  • Recognise individual neighbourhood identities
  • Connect us with our waterfront
  • Encourage growth and further investment in the city