FAQs

Our FAQs have been compiled using questions and feedback from residents and businesses at our city-wide roadshows in spring 2020.

Will there be affordable housing and if so how much?

We are aiming to be policy compliant with affordable housing which delivers 30% at minimum.

Will the houses be sustainable?

Yes. Sustainability is one of the main objectives of the scheme.

How will the land be used?

The land use will be mixed including: residential, amenity spaces, marine employment site, commercial and leisure. There is also provision for a school and other amenities, such as health facilities and flexible community spaces.

What type of tenancy will be offered?

There will be a variety of tenures including, affordable, to rent, shared ownership, private rented and private for sale. The scheme aims to be policy compliant.

What will be the proportion of houses to apartments?

The proportion will be around 50% apartments and 50% houses.

Density in a small area

The proposed land reclamation from the sea will provide around an additional 27 hectares.

Is there enough community space in the design?

We aim to incorporate much community space in the design, including community allotments and other activities that bring people together. Community interaction and a sense of togetherness is important to us because we want to address isolation and loneliness – situations that can be detrimental to mental health. The scheme has been designed to give residents many engaging options, from peaceful and slow paced activities, to the more dynamic. There will be a combination of indoor and outdoor community space, the latter making the most of Lennox Points natural environment.

Who will live on Lennox Point?

We recognise the opportunity for a diverse population to live on Lennox Point, learning from each other and sharing cultures. We also recognise that the type of people who wish to live on Lennox Point will most likely be similar in their desires with regards to lifestyle. Therefore, we want everything about Lennox Point to bring people together in their common appreciation for the natural environment and a more innovative way of living. There will be opportunities for everyone to enjoy all that Lennox Point will have to offer.

How will people on Lennox Point be connected to the rest of the City?

Not only will people be well connected on Lennox Point but also well connected to the rest of the city. At the northern aspect a bridge will connect Lennox Point to Horsea Island, Port Solent and beyond. The eastern aspect will remain connected to Tipner East and Stamshaw via the roundabout interchange, with access to the M275 which leads both into and away from the city. To the opposite side of the roundabout interchange lies the Park and Ride service which operates regular buses into the city centre and The Hard.

As part of the Rapid Transit scheme, buses will also pass through the eastern aspect of Lennox Point, connecting people to the city centre and to other neighbouring towns. Improved, logically designed cycleways will promote the use of safe cycling, enabling cyclists to connect into the city. These will be designed with leisure and commuting/longer distance travel in mind.

Will you protect listed structures?

We want to preserve the identity of the site and therefore, we are aiming to retain the listed structures and use them in a sustainable way. We have been speaking with relevant stakeholders, including the Museum of London Archaeology project CITiZAN who are supporting us to understand the site and the heritage of the location.

The information collected will be used to make further decisions and preserve the legacy of the area.

The design will not reflect Portsmouth’s tradition?

The design was inspired by local fortresses and historial urban grains.

Will we see another gated community at Lennox Point, with a lack of engagement?

The community at Lennox Point will be engaged via innovative methods e.g. a Lennox Point app, to ensure they know what travel and connectivity options are available to them. Citywide information will also be made available to the Lennox Point community, to ensure inclusion on city matters and news and this will also be communicated in innovative ways.

Risk for animal species in the area

We are fully aware that the site of the proposed Lennox Point development is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI), a Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Ramsar site, which is why we are working with Natural England and the Environment Agency, following the stringent ecological and environmental regulations that this important area necessitates.

With increasing sea levels, is there a risk of flooding at Lennox Point?

We certainly hope not. Development proposals for Lennox Point include raising the ground levels to make sure that the site and its users will be safe from flooding for the lifetime of the development. The strategy also takes into account the projected consequences of climate change.

Construction process will generate pollution

We believe that by using innovative and sustainable materials, energy and technology, we will create an environment that produces no significant levels of pollution.

Water efficiency

A sustainability strategy is being developed which will set out strategies for water consumption management at the development. This is exploring such measures as use of grey water or rain water harvesting.

Detailed, publicly available information about contaminants and cleaning of the site

A full set of ground investigations are currently underway across the site. These will inform the Environmental Impact Assessment and will be submitted as part of the suite of application documents.

Transport infrastructure – will the existing main motorway network/local areas cope?

The highway network will be designed to accommodate the volume and range of vehicles anticipated to use the proposed development. A review of existing infrastructure will form part of the Transport Assessment that will be produced to accompany the planning application.

Will the road in and out be a capable size for commercial vehicles?

The highway network will be designed to accommodate the volume and range of vehicles anticipated to use the proposed development. A review of existing infrastructure will form part of the Transport Assessment that will be produced to accompany the planning application.

Will there be access for emergency services (police, fire and NHS) and business?

The site will not allow routine vehicular access the streets within the development, but it will be designed to accommodate emergency service vehicles, maintenance vehicles and delivery service vehicles as appropriate.

Isolation due to location

The masterplan for the development includes a range of facilities which the residents can use for basic provisions and services. The location will be connected to Portsmouth City Centre and other local centres by public transport, footways and cycleways to allow residents to connect easily to the city centre via sustainable transport means.

Congestion

The development aspiration is to reduce reliance on private car ownership and promote more sustainable transport modes to travel to and from the development. This will include improvements to public transport, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. The residual car based demand will require some changes to the existing highway network. The scope of these changes will be identified in the Transport Assessment supporting the planning application and agreed with the relevant regulatory highways authorities.

Will this help improve public transport into the city?

The transport strategy for the development is based on investment in sustainable modes of transport, which includes bus services. Discussions are in progress with PCC transport colleagues to understand which services will be required to support the aspiration of an Ultra Low vehicle development at Lennox Point.

One road in and out – inaccessible

A detailed review of the impacts of the proposed development on the transport network will be undertaken as part of the Transport Assessment that accompanies the planning application. Infrastructure improvements are proposed at the M275/Tipner Lane junction to accomodate the development and where appropriate improvements elsewhere will be considered.

Getting your weekly food – from car to house

To provide a pedestrian first environment and reduce the number of vehicles within the development and trips to and from the site, the servicing strategy will include a grocery delivery service. Day to day top up shopping will be available within a short walk of residents, as experienced in other city centres.

Potential for the bridge to be subsequently opened to normal traffic and becoming a rat-run through Port Solent

There are no plans to open the Horsea Island Link to Port Solent to general traffic. It is however identified as a route for buses within the proposed South East Hampshire Rapid Transit network and there is an aspiration for the link between the development and Port Solent to include cycle and pedestrian facilities. Therefore access to Port Solent from Lennox Point and HIE will be restricted to public transport, cyclists and pedestrians only.

Access to people with disabilities

Limiting vehicular access to the development site will require careful consideration of how disabled access is managed to ensure equality for all users. For some uses such as the employment area and schools it is proposed that disabled parking will be provided on plot. For the retail provided within the development, disabled parking will be available within the shared parking area which will be located conveniently for access to the retail land use.

Access for non-motorway traffic (including electric bikes)

The primary active mode access to the site will be from the M275 Junction 1 where existing pedestrian and cycle facilities are provided. A local cycle route passes through the junction providing onward connections for cyclists towards Cosham in the North and Portsmouth City Centre in the south.

The masterplan has been designed to accommodate public transport provision and a transport hub is located on the site to encourage travel by this mode. A full review of off-site infrastructure will be undertaken as part of the planning application and appropriate improvements identified where necessary to support the mode share targets proposed.

Can the existing infrastructure cope with this proposed development?

Infrastructure on and off site will be upgraded to provide the additional capacity. We are consulting with utility providers including water authorities as part of the process of planning and design. Lennox Point will look to incorporate energy and water efficiency including a sustainable energy strategy.

How will the coast be protected?

The proposed development coastal defences are being planned in accordance with Environment Agency guidance to make sure the site and its users are safe for the lifetime of the development taking climate change (including sea level rise effects) into account.

Will nearby residents be directly affected during construction?

Residents in the closely surrounding areas should not be directly affected by the development at Lennox Point during the construction period. However, we will be extensively engaging with and supporting any affected stakeholders.

Will the high-rise development obscure views?

We will work with the local athority to establish what height the buildings should be and the effect on view points. We will encoruage people to visit Lennox Point to make the most of the beautiful views on offer.

Resident costs

A waste management strategy will be developed with Portsmouth City Council. Details of service charges at the development have yet to be confirmed.

Waste collection provision

We are working with local authority to ensure we work with the city wide waste strategy. We are exploring options from electric waste collection or a vacuum waste system.

Access to new technologies

Emergence of an innovative enterprise community that is fuelled by an inspiring entrepreneurial and educational environment. The marine technology hub will be the beating heart of this innovative community and will encourage home-working, small business development and start-ups.

Will the scheme generate new employment for local people?

We are aiming to enable approximately:

  • 300 construction jobs per annum
  • 2500 operational jobs of which 1700 are marine related (further 4500 net additional operational jobs)
  • 300 retail and leisure jobs
  • £150million operational GVA per annum
  • £30million residential spend per annum
  • £6million additional council income per annumIn addition, we have been working with local schools to help students locally undertsand what opportunities Lennox Point will have for them.

Security of car park anti social behaviour

In terms of antisocial behaviour, the Lennox Point design includes a comprehensive analysis about lighting potential. In addition, the site will have a CCTV system in place to support security. Finally, a security consultant will be appointed in due course to help us to identify and understand possible scenarios and subsequent risks.