Come and help shape your seafront

The Southsea Coastal Scheme is responsible for delivering new flood defences along 4.5km of seafront, from Old Portsmouth to Eastney. Our aim is to create new defences that embrace everything we all love about the seafront, whilst reducing the risk of flooding to over 8000 homes and businesses in Southsea for the next century.

The work will transform the seafront for future generations alongside protecting the heritage that is so important to the people of Portsmouth. We also want to help stimulate further regeneration in Southsea and create a more vibrant place for residents, businesses and visitors alike.

Following our engagement events at the end of last year, we are going to be out and about across the city in July holding a new series of consultation events on our emerging designs. These will be held at:

  • EASTNEY COMMUNITY CENTRE: 4 July, 1pm-7pm
  • CANOE LAKE TENNIS PAVILION: 6 July, 1.30pm- 7.30pm
  • ASPEX GALLERY: 10 July, 1pm-7pm
  • ANCHORAGE PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE: 11 July, 3pm-7pm
  • ST JUDE’S CHURCH: 12 July, 1pm-7pm
  • COSHAM COMMUNITY CENTRE: 16 July, 3pm-7pm
  • ROYAL NAVAL CLUB & ROYAL ALBERT YACHT CLUB: 17 July, 1pm-7pm
  • FRATTON COMMUNITY CENTRE: 20 July,1pm-7pm

All the consultation materials, along with the survey, are available on the website here.

We’ll have lots more sketches and visualisations of our ideas, and we’ll be asking you for your help with some big decisions! These include how some of the seafront roads could be used in the future and how the new defences could look near South Parade Pier. You’ll also be able to sign-up to workshops where you can interrogate the emerging designs with the help of experts, who will explain the opportunities and constraints in each area.

Running alongside our consultation will be the beginning of a review of Portsmouth City Council’s seafront masterplan. This strategy is known as a ‘supplementary planning document’, which is intended to guide improvements to this area of the city. Staff from the council’s planning team will be on hand to tell you more and get your feedback at all of the consultation venues. This approach will ensure that all the opportunities that are created by the construction of the new sea defences can be realised in the future.

Cllr Dave Ashmore, cabinet member for environment and community safety at Portsmouth City Council said “Input from the public is vital to the success of this critically important project. The Southsea Coastal Scheme team have been working hard on a wide range of consultation materials, including 3D visualisations and animations, which should really help residents imagine what the emerging designs could look like on the seafront. In addition, the review of the seafront masterplan will ensure that we can create a world-class destination that everybody can be proud of.”

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