Southampton City Vision, our new Local Plan

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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 currently at the start of the plan preparation process, part of which involves conducting an initial consultation exercise to ensure we have a good understanding of what people and businesses in the city need.

This initial consultation, which runs from 10 February to midnight on 19 April 2020, is your opportunity to start shaping the plan. To have your say on the future of your city or to find out more about the consultation and local events click the link below.