Masterplan for the seafront set to go out for consultation

Residents and visitors are set to get a further chance to comment on an updated masterplan for Southsea seafront.

The refreshed masterplan has been developed by Portsmouth City Council after consulting with local people in 2018 and 2019. It sets out guidelines for how the seafront could be improved and preserved.

When finalised, it will be used to guide developers and help the council make future decisions on proposals for the area.

If agreed by the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 15th September, a final consultation period will begin, during which people will be able to comment on the current draft of the masterplan.

The document has also been updated to make sure it includes the opportunities created by the Southsea Coastal Scheme, which gets under way this month, and which will construct new sea defences.

The masterplan, known as the draft Seafront Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document, covers themes including:

  • climate change
  • health and wellbeing
  • heritage
  • natural environment
  • public spaces
  • transport and access
  • economy and attractions
  • development opportunities

It makes recommendations on the possible things that could happen along the seafront in order to achieve an overall vision. The vision states: “The seafront’s natural and historic assets will be protected, conserved and enhanced. The seafront will be a beautiful, functional, sustainable and resilient place that is healthy, safe, enjoyable and accessible to all.”

During the consultation, people will also get a chance to comment on another document, a Collaborative Enhancement Plan. This contains more ideas and suggestions for how the ambitions of the masterplan could possibly be realised.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development, said: “The seafront is a much-loved and hugely important part of our city, and must be preserved for the future. But there are ways that parts of it can be improved, so people can enjoy it even more.
This draft masterplan has been put together with the help of everyone who took part in previous consultations.
At the 15 September Cabinet meeting we’re giving it a final look, to check it’s ready to go out for a final consultation.
When it’s finalised, the masterplan will redefine our goals for the seafront. It will guide what happens to the area for some years to come, given the major opportunities opened up by the building of the new sea defences.
When the final consultation gets under way, we hope as many people as possible will comment, to make sure we have listened and are on the right track.
On Avenue de Caen there is a proposal to alter the use of a section of the road to prioritise cyclists and pedestrians. And in the area around the D-Day Stone, there are suggestions for altering the surroundings, to improve people’s experience and make access easier. We would be particularly keen on hearing views on these aspects.”

If given the go-ahead by Cabinet, the consultation will take place from 18 September to 30 October.

To see the papers being considered by Cabinet on 15 September, including the current draft of the masterplan and the Collaborative Enhancement Plan, people can go to www.portsmouth.gov.uk, click on the View council meeting calendar icon, and select the 15 September meeting. There is a link to use for when the meeting is live-streamed.

For more information on the masterplan and the consultation, people can go to www.portsmouth.gov.uk/seafrontmasterplan. Residents without internet access can take part in council consultations by calling 023 9261 6708.

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