Southampton City Vision, our new Local Plan

What is Southampton City Vision?

Southampton City Vision will be our new Local Plan, a document that will set out the future development of new homes, work spaces, infrastructure and facilities across the city over the next 20 years and beyond.

What is a Local Plan?

A Local Plan is a document (or collection of documents) that sets out policies to help guide the development of an area over a period of at least 15 years. Each Local Planning Authority is required to produce a Local Plan and keep it up to date.

The Local Plan must set out how the Local Planning Authority is going to deliver space for new homes, workspaces and all the infrastructure and facilities that will be needed to support them, whilst also protecting and enhancing the local environment.

Overall, the Local Plan’s role is to make sure that development happens in a coordinated way, and is collectively delivering all that is required for the local area.

Our vision

Much has changed in Southampton since our various local plan documents were published. We therefore intend for Southampton City Vision to replace some these older documents in order to provide new, up-to-date and relevant planning policies. For more detailed information about the plan preparation process and to view our Southampton City Vision timetable please see our new Preparing our Development Plans document.

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.

Developing the Southampton City Vision document will be a lengthy process that will bring together a wide number of technical studies and all the information collected through our consultation exercises. For more detailed information about consultations in planning matters please see our new Involving You in Planning document.

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

So, where are we now?

We are still in the early stages of developing the plan and have recently completed our initial public consultation. The consultation took place from 10 February 2020 and was due to close on 19 April 2020. However, the closing date was extended to 31 May 2020 due to disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The aims of this consultation were to raise awareness of the plan we are beginning to prepare and to gather thoughts from the public, key stakeholders and businesses on a range of key topic areas.

The purpose of gathering these responses at such an early stage is to make sure we have a good understanding of what people think about the key issues we need to address in the plan and what the priorities are for different local areas across the city, as well as the city centre itself. This information will help us shape the new plan, ensuring that it tackles current issues where possible and sets out a clear and aspirational vision for Southampton over the next 20 years and beyond.

The recent consultation also comprised a 'Call for Sites' whereby members of the public and businesses could submit development sites to us to be considered for allocation within the plan. These sites are currently being assessed for development potential as part of our Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA), a draft for which will be published at the next stage of consultation.

We have also started analysing all the information gathered throughout the initial consultation and will feedback the results in the coming weeks. If you would like to receive a notification when this is available please sign up to our mailing list by emailing your full name (and business name, if applicable) to local.plan@southampton.gov.uk quoting ‘Mailing List’ in the subject field.

For more information on our consultations and feedback please click the button below.

Consultations and feedback

You can also view our documents library.

If you have any further queries about Southampton City Vision, please contact us at local.plan@southampton.gov.uk.

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