Southsea Coastal Scheme: Public Events
Councillors and residents from across the city are invited to come and meet the team behind the Southsea Coastal Scheme at a series of public events, following the previous consultation in 2014. The scheme is responsible for delivering new flood defences along 4.5km of seafront, from Old Portsmouth to Eastney, to help protect over 8000 homes and 700 businesses in Southsea from major flood events.
At these events, the public will be able to find out why this work needs to be carried out and see the research that has been undertaken which has led to the outline concept for the defences. There will also be some initial sketches of design ideas, and residents will have a chance to give their feedback. These will be followed by consultation events on the full design proposals in early 2018.
The events will take place on the following dates:
· Eastney Community Centre: 25 October 2017, 1pm-8pm.
· Canoe Lake Tennis Pavilion: 27 October 2017, 1pm-8pm & 28 October 2017, 10am-5pm.
· Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club: 31 October 2017, 1pm-8pm.
· Cosham Baptist Church: 1 November 2017, 1pm-8pm.
· Fratton Community Centre: 3 November 2017, 1pm-8pm.
The team will also be giving a presentation at the East Southsea Neighbourhood Forum at the Royal Beach Hotel on 19 October at 7pm.
Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation.
In his newsletter, Councillor Luke Stubbs writes: “Every area in England has to produce and maintain a local plan that outlines land use policies and which can be used as the basis for determining planning applications. Portsmouth’s current local plan was adopted in 2012 and is getting rather long in the tooth. In the intervening five years, national policy has been changed most notably to reduce local authorities’ abilities to stop building changing use and to boost greenfield development, while technology has permanently reduced the demand for office and retail space.
The rules outlining how to update a local plan are laid down by government and it’s a time consuming and drawn out process. Portsmouth is starting the refresh of its policies now, with a view to having the new plan adopted by the end of 2019.
At this stage, the council is consulting on its Issues and Options document, which is a high-level document about general principles. Most of the content is pretty vanilla, with the difficult question of specific sites not covered until a subsequent document next year. General growth points are identified though, including Tipner, the City Centre and St James.
The most important question is that of housing numbers. The council is putting forward two options for the period between 2011 and 2034, 14560 (633 per annum) and 17020 (740 per annum) and I would be surprised if many people picked the latter.”
For those of you who would like to take part, this is the link to the Local Plan document:
This is the link to the consultation questions: