PfSH Position Statement

In June 2016, PfSH completed the PUSH-Spatial-Position-Statement-2016 setting out the overall need for and distribution of development in South Hampshire, to 2034. It sets out the employment and housing development needed to promote economic growth, jobs and homes for all. It is focused on achieving a renaissance of Portsmouth, Southampton and the other urban areas, protecting the most important aspects of the environment and coordinating transport and other infrastructure. It proposes development targets for individual Councils within South Hampshire.

It forms a significant part of the statutory duty to co-operate that Councils have with each other and will inform the preparation of Local Plans by each Council within PfSH.

The Position Statement has been prepared in line with the National Planning Policy Framework to establish and distribute the objectively assessed needs for housing and economic growth over the longer term period to 2034. The need for employment development is informed by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)’s Solent Economic Plan for economic forecasts. The need for new homes is influenced by the PfSH Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA), which analyses demographic and migration trends to establish the overall need for new homes across South Hampshire. This development will be focused on urban areas first, and is then distributed according to environmental, transport and other infrastructure factors. The PfSH Joint Committee noted the completion and publication of the Position Statement on 7th June 2016. Read the Position Statement.

This replaces the South Hampshire Strategy (2012) and its associated evidence, which looked to 2026.



Revised National Planning Policy Framework (2019)

Housing Need

South Hampshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment (GL Hearn, 2014)
SHMA Appendices (GL Hearn, 2014)
Isle of Wight Strategic Housing Market Assessment (GL Hearn, 2014)
Objectively Assessed Housing need update (GL Hearn, 2016)
Rates of Housing Delivery (GL Hearn, 2016)

Economic Development and Employment Land

Solent LEP Strategic Economic Plan 2014-20 (Solent LEP, 2014)
Transforming Solent: Marine and Maritime supplement (Solent LEP 2014)
Isle of Wight Employment Land Study (GL Hearn, 2015)
Hampshire Key Development Sites Portfolio (2015)
Maritime Futures: Solent Waterfront sites (AECOM, 2015)
Economic and employment land Evidence Report (GL Hearn, 2016)


Sustainability Appraisal (Campbell Reith, 2016)
Habitat Regulations Assessment (Campbell Reith, 2016)
PUSH Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (Atkins, 2007)
PUSH Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Update (ESCP, 2016)
Portsmouth Water Resources Management Plan 2014 (Portsmouth Water, 2014)
Southern Water Resources Management Plan 2015-40 (Southern Water, 2015)
Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership Mitigation Strategy (2014) (Bird Aware Solent)
Solent Energy Strategy (2015)
PUSH Sustainability Policy Framework (2008)
PUSH Integrated Water Management Strategy (Underway)

Green Infrastructure

South Hampshire GI Strategy 2017-2034


Transport Delivery Plan 2012-26 (Transport for South Hampshire, 2013)
Evidence Base Case and Options for Interventions (Transport for South Hampshire 2012)
Sub Regional Transport Model (Solent Transport, 2015)


Position Statement Process Paper 2016

South Hampshire Strategy 
Employment Floorspace and Housebuilding Figures (2012)
Environmental Sustainability (2012)
Habitats Regulations Review (2012)
Sustainability Review (2012)
PUSH Modelling approach (2011)
Policy Framework for gaps (2008)
Developer Contributions to provide wordforce training (Joint Committee report, 2011)


PfSH and Havant Borough Council Statement of Common Ground 2021

PfSH and Havant Statement of Common Ground February 2021