PfSH Spatial Position Statement 2023

In December 2023, Partnership for South Hampshire (PfSH) completed a Spatial Position Statement 2023 setting out the overall need for, and distribution of, development in south Hampshire.  The Spatial Position Statement 2023 replaced the PUSH-Spatial-Position-Statement-2016.

The 2023 Spatial Position Statement has been produced collaboratively by the constituent authorities that make up the PfSH.  The Spatial Position Statement aims to provide guiding principles for local plans to help deliver sustainable development within south Hampshire.

The Spatial Position Statement is not an upper tier plan with which future local plans will need to conform.  It does not have the status of a development plan document.  It does however help inform the preparation of and strategic co-ordination of local plans (currently the ‘duty to cooperate’ requirement – due to be replaced with an ‘alignment policy’ although at time of writing no detail is currently available on content or timing).

The new statement 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 2036.

Evidence supporting the 2023 Spatial Position Statement

Broad Areas of Search for Growth Assessments December 2023

Strategic Green and Blue Infrastructure Opportunities in South Hampshire (Part 2) Sept 2023

Green Belt – Green Infrastructure Designation Study (Part 1) May 2023

Economic, Employments and Commercial Needs (including logistics) Study Final Report (March 2021)


Evidence supporting the 2016 Spatial Position Statement


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 workforce training (Joint Committee report, 2011)