Tipner West

Portsmouth’s once-in-a-generation opportunity

We are working on a new masterplan for Tipner West and Horsea Island East.

Portsmouth was granted £48.75 million by the government through the City Deal to explore how this area could be regenerated to create new employment opportunities in the marine and maritime sector as well as new homes for people in the city.

The new proposals will have sustainability and nature at their heart and will prioritise the harbour’s natural habitats and biodiversity. Significant land reclamation and the previous masterplan for the site have been ruled out.

Our proposals will include plans for a green, marine employment hub, new homes and sea defences to better protect this part of the city from future flooding and we are working to improve the long term resilience of Portsmouth Harbour’s ecosystem.

Our approach

Seven guiding principles have been agreed by Portsmouth City Council to help shape the masterplan for the site. The proposals will have nature at their heart and will prioritise the harbour’s natural habitats and biodiversity.

The proposals will also be shaped by Portsmouth’s City Vision and extensive data and findings from the environmental, habitat, marine and heritage surveys that have taken place over recent years.

A cross-party group of councillors is working together to help inform and respond to the new masterplan as it is developed.

We’re also talking to the Environment Agency, Natural England and Historic England, as well as local environmental and wildlife groups as we look at the options for the site.

The council’s guiding principles

Portsmouth City Council agreed a set of principles to help shape a new outline masterplan for Tipner West and Horsea Island East at a full council meeting in October 2023.

  • Develop options that have regard to the Conservation Objectives of the SPA/Ramsar Sites in respect of their bird populations and other qualifying features, subject to the procedures set out within the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (as amended) (The Habitats Regulations).
  • Deliver nature focused place making to contribute to Greening of the City, in line with the City Vision 2040, which achieves more than the statutory biodiversity requirement.
  • Provide a minimum of 814 homes and maximum of 1,250 homes & a minimum of 58,000 sqm of marine focussed employment space (Minimum affordable housing at 30%) alongside enabling infrastructure to satisfy the terms of City Deal
  • Maximise local job creation.
  • Minimise costs and impact on City Council finances & services to the public.
  • Seek to continue to work in partnership with Royal Society for the Protection of Bird (RSPB), Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT), Ministry of Defence and Historic England to develop proposals that are capable of satisfying the regulatory requirements of Natural England (NE), the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and the Environment Agency (EA)
  • Minimise land reclamation to meet the principles listed above.

You can read more about the seven principles that will guide the project and the decision taken by the council in the detailed meeting report.

Get involved

Portsmouth residents, businesses and community groups will have an opportunity to look at and help shape the plans later this year. Local feedback will help shape the masterplan and the outline planning application that will set out the vision for regeneration in this part of the city.

You can keep up to date on news, developments and opportunities to get involved in the project through this website and you can sign up to receive email updates.

You can contact the Tipner West regeneration team at TipnerWest@portsmouthcc.gov.uk