Planning permission for Southsea Coastal Scheme granted

The team behind the scheme, has worked closely with the public through a range of consultation events and workshops where various proposals have been shaped to produce a final design which achieves the level of protection required, as well as maintaining and enhancing the seafront – which is treasured and appreciated by the Portsmouth public and visitors.

On Wednesday 4 December, the full planning application as well as all listed items and monuments associated with the Southsea Coastal scheme were discussed at planning committee and permission has been granted to commence the suggested work.

Consultations with the public and key stakeholders will continue throughout the detailed engineering design of the scheme and final conditions, including material finishes, road layouts and landscaping, will be agreed by planning committee.

Guy Mason, coastal defence manager at Portsmouth City Council says: “This is a great achievement for the scheme and we are pleased to have been granted planning permission. A lot of hard work has gone into the application and the engagement with statutory consultees and consultations with the public. We are proud of the progress the team has made and look forward to start construction next year.”

The next milestone for the scheme will now be the approval of the full business case, which was submitted to the Environment Agency in October and, if approved, will unlock the required government funding for the scheme.

Construction work on the first section of defences, at Long Curtain Moat, is planned to begin in 2020.

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