Project update December 2021

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Category: Programme Update

In October, members of Portsmouth City Council passed a motion to pause and rethink the Tipner West project to ensure value for money is achieved, the environment is protected, and the maximum levels of affordable housing are delivered.

The council’s strategic developments team provided a detailed status report on the Tipner West project to councillors, ahead of the full council meeting on 7 December, to enable them to explore and reflect on the current position and the way forward for this complex site.

The report outlines:

  • the opportunities and constraints of the site at Tipner West and Horsea Island East
  • the remit of the £48.75m City Deal grant the city received from central government in 2013 to create new jobs and homes on this site
  • a range of alternative options for the site and their overall viability
  • the environmental impact of different options and the assessments that will need to be made by independent inspectors on issues like reclamation, wildlife and habitat impact, mitigation and compensatory measures.

A separate covering report for councillors also included input from the local planning authority (LPA) team within the council, which is responsible for assessing the strategic needs of the city and putting in place a Local Plan to meet those needs.

Next steps

A new Local Plan for Portsmouth is expected to come into effect in 2022. This will set out the council’s approach to development across the city, including its preferred approach for Tipner West. As part of the Local Plan, the LPA is currently considering the options for Tipner West, including those evaluated by the Tipner West project team and put forward by members of the public, as part of the Local Plan Regulation 18 consultation.

Autumn / winter 2021/22

A cross-party working group of councillors has been established to discuss the strategic outcomes required in the new Local Plan, focussed on the intended approach for Tipner. These meetings will seek to finalise the key strategic decisions of the Local Plan.

Spring 2022

Once Portsmouth’s councillors have determined the content of the final draft Local Plan, including the recommended way forward for Tipner West, it will be set out for Regulation 19 consultation and submitted to the Secretary of State.

Summer 2022

Following the Local Plan Regulation 19 consultation and approval from the Secretary of State, the council will have established its ambitions for Tipner West and can progress its preferred option for the site.

The Lennox Point proposal

The council will continue to maintain the site at Tipner West as the landowner. Essential works related to the progress of any regeneration at Tipner West, such as time-sensitive environmental surveys and engagement with statutory stakeholders, may continue.

Work on the Lennox Point designs and planning application will remain paused while councillors discuss and agree the final content of the new Local Plan, including the way forward for Tipner West. This is likely to be spring/summer 2022. This will restart if it is agreed to progress an innovative sustainable community and marine employment hub, supported by land-reclamation.

If you have any questions about the project, you can contact the project team at lennoxpoint@portsmouthcc.gov.uk. We will provide a further update on next steps for the project as soon as possible.