Have your say on seafront plans

Residents and visitors will soon be called on to have their say on an updated Seafront Masterplan and a Collaborative Enhancement Plan for Southsea seafront.

The Collaborative Enhancement Plan contains ideas and suggestions for how the ambitions of the masterplan could possibly be realised as part of the Southsea Coastal Scheme.

The refreshed masterplan has been developed by the 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 15 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.”

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

You can see the papers being considered by Cabinet on 15 September, including the current draft of the masterplan and the Collaborative Enhancement Plan. There is a link on the meeting page to use for viewing the meeting, when it is live-streamed.

You can also see more information on the masterplan and the consultation.

Residents without internet access can take part in council consultations by calling 023 9261 6708.

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