The enhancement of Quality of Place is core to the ambitions of PUSH. It is imperative that, when delivered, economic development and housing growth in South Hampshire contributes to improved quality of life for existing and new residents. It is also crucial to ensure that the sub region’s reputation, as an excellent place to live, work, and invest, is enhanced rather than diminished.
South Hampshire has long held a reputation as a highly desirable place to live and work. Historically this area is the cradle of the English language, the home of the Navy, the embarkation point for the Pilgrim Fathers, and the birthplace of cricket. South Hampshire residents enjoy access to a top quality professional, cultural, and sporting offer with a wide and varied range of opportunities. Residents also live within easy reach of the coast, and two national parks, and some of the nation’s most prized historic environments.
The Quality Places Delivery Panel work programme has been designed to ensure that South Hampshire will be well placed to take full advantage of its strengths in offering new, and existing residents, high quality places in which to live, work, and invest. The programme aims to
Maximise the benefits to the of a range of assets which at national level are regarded as excellent, e.g. The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, and The Solent, which is the nation’s most popular sailing venue.
Promote access and participation in a wide range of cultural activities.
Develop cultural and creative industries, both as drivers of the economy and as contributors to Quality of Place
Enhance tourism and the visitor economy.
Ensure new developments conform to the high standards of design in the built environment so as to increase liveability in the sub region.
PUSH has been identified by Living Places partner agencies, Arts Council England, Sport England, Museums Libraries and Archives Council, and English Heritage, as a Priority Place. Partner agencies, together with Hampshire County Council Culture, Community, and Rural Affairs Directorate (HCCCRA), Tourism South East, and SEEDA, have jointly financed the appointment of the Quality Place Delivery Manager in order to provide the Panel with the capacity to deliver its work programme. Partner agencies will also seek to engage with the stakeholders in South Hampshire in order to assist in the delivery of this work.
The Delivery Panel’s work programme will also seek to influence how partner local authorities spend. The key role of the Quality Place Panel will be to consider how Developer contributions, including those made through the planned Community Infrastructure Levy, can best be used to fund projects which contribute to Quality Place, Culture, and Sport.
The Quality Place Delivery Panel also seeks to engage in master planning and design work, associated with individual developments, and in particular the strategic development areas within the South Hampshire area.