The Future of Southampton – embracing the future

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17.09.20 | 09:00-10:30

Southampton is one of the fastest-growing economies in the UK. With two thriving universities and an internationally recognised cargo and passenger port, the city was showing no signs of slowing down – until recently.

With cruises on hold and businesses across various sectors trying to regain their strength from the impacts of the pandemic, the city has accepted there are challenges ahead. However, with developments still in progress, a healthy uptake in university applications and a strong plan for recovery, Southampton has much to look forward to.


9.00 – 9.30 Session 1:

The recovery period: better together

The past few months have been like no other for businesses and residents. Now, with the recovery plan in place, the journey for Southampton to grow and evolve as a modern, healthy city has begun. But it’s not just environmental changes affecting the city, there are behavioural changes having an impact too. So with new social distancing rules in place, limitations on venue capacities and an increase in active travel, how will Southampton adapt to the new demands on the city?

Is active travel changing the way people use the city?

Will high streets be permanently reshaped?

How is the city supporting hospitality business with limited outdoor space?


9.35 – 9.55 Session 2:

100 days in lockdown


10.00 – 10.30 Session 3:

A greener, cleaner future

In 2018, the city council partnered with residents, local businesses and organisations to launch the Green City Charter to address some of the most challenging environmental issues facing Southampton.

Now is the time to reset the balance and significantly increase the measures put in place to support the long-term vision of becoming a cleaner, healthier city. With plans for the traffic-free zone and the continuation of developments scheduled for delivery in 2021, the city is determined to bounce back as an attractive place to live, work and do business. So what is next for the ambitious sustainable city?

Is the Green Charter at the forefront on the future development plan?

What is being done to ensure Southampton is on the map as an investment opportunity?

How will Southampton ensure communities remain the focus for future decisions?

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