The Masterplan


Lennox Point is being proposed to address two key needs in the city; the first is to meet demand for employment in the maritime manufacturing sector, and the second is meeting the housing requirements, which have been set by central government, to build 825 homes per year until 2036. This is in addition to the housing needed to support the growing workforce required for a marine employment hub at Lennox Point.

The council has explored several options to achieve these targets, which cannot be done on Portsea Island without building several high-rise apartment blocks and impacting on green spaces throughout the city. Therefore, Tipner West has been identified as the only possible site in Portsmouth which can accommodate both the development of the maritime industry and the required housing.

Marine employment


The marine and maritime economy is the largest sector in the Solent region, playing an important role as a gateway for trade with the rest of the world.

There are ambitious plans to grow the sector locally – as outlined by the Centre for Economics and Business Research in 2019: ‘The economic contribution of the Maritime Sector in the Solent LEP’, which plays to Portsmouth strengths, traditions and the skills of the local workforce.

However, despite an ambition for growth, there are issues with finding appropriate sites locally that meet the criteria required – as outlined in the Solent LEP report, ‘Maritime Futures: Solent Waterfront Sites’.

The unique combination of deep water access, excellent transport connections, and strategic position within the Solent makes Lennox Point an ideal location for a new marine employment hub.



What are the main considerations for how these homes are developed?

Lennox Point will provide around 3,500 new homes, just shy of a quarter of Portsmouth’s 2036 goal. These homes will offer people ways to live sustainably, from construction methods to clean energy, all within the nature and beauty of the harbour. We are committed to building homes that the people of Portsmouth can afford. We want to fulfil the next generation’s aspiration of living healthily, happily and ethically.

How will they be innovative/different?

Our ambition is to move away from displeasing tower blocks and concrete jungles by creating a range of housing types and tenures at an appropriate density and scale, suitable for Portsmouth.

How safe is building homes on Lennox Point and on reclaimed land?

In order to ensure that homes are safe from flooding, the site will be raised and coastal defences will be provided around the edge of the development.

What are the design principles for the homes?

A sense of community is a modern imperative. New homes are designed to connect people with each other by living streets, communal gardens, waterfront parks and pedestrianised spaces to encourage encounter and engagement.



How will transport look and feel?

A comprehensive transport strategy has been developed to support the design principles of the development, prioritising sustainable modes of transport, such as walking, cycling and public transport.

How well connected will the Lennox Point community be to the rest of Portsmouth?

The public transport strategy for Lennox Point will ensure access to high frequency public transport to connect the development with the rest of Portsmouth and beyond.

How will we access and exit Lennox Point?

If arriving by vehicle (bus or car), the M275 junction will be re-modelled to provide access to Lennox Point.  The proposals for the junction will also see improvements for pedestrians and cyclists to reduce severance and better integrate the site with existing local communities, amenities and enhance the existing pedestrian and cycle infrastructure to the east of the motorway.

The M275 junction itself will be converted into a series of traffic signal junctions to facilitate access and improve priority for pedestrians and cyclists.



How eco-friendly will this development be?

The development is designed to put people first and as part of that philosophy it is essential to look after the natural environment in which Lennox Point sits, to protect it for future generations. Therefore, the development will be designed for the residents to have a low (net zero) carbon and sustainable lifestyle minimising the water consumed and the waste produced.

Water use will be minimised through the use of efficient fixtures and fittings combined with grey water recycling and/or rainwater harvesting.

Waste will be separated at source and taken to local neighbourhood waste collection before being transported to a central onsite compaction facility.

Explore the plans in detail

The map below shows what could be developed on the site at Tipner West, but should not be seen as an exact representation of what is being proposed.

Click on different sections of the map to see the area in more detail.

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