Breathing new life into city centre north

City Centre North in Portsmouth will evolve into the most sustainable city district in the UK, renowned for being an inclusive, biodiverse, and eco-friendly place for local communities and visitors. Outline planning permission has now been granted for this vision. 

A beautiful and purposefully designed open green space is at the heart of the plans. The proposed development will support the revitalisation of the whole of Portsmouth’s city centre, and the council’s aspirations for sustainable communities, better connectivity, and greener travel. 

It will knit into existing communities, provide substantial green open space for all and create new walking and cycling routes between neighbourhoods. 

These improvements will complement plans already in place as part of the South East Hampshire Rapid Transit scheme, which will create network of rapid transit routes to help get people to where they want to be by reliable and regular bus journeys. 

illustrative masterplan

Transport improvements

Thee South East Hampshire Rapid Transit scheme is introducing a new bus-only access corridor, to avoid buses getting caught in, and adding to, congestion in the city centre particularly along Marketway.

Improvements include introducing a bus gate on the new road linking between Cascades Approach and Unicorn Road. Buses travelling out of the city centre will then be routed through a new bus gate between Charlotte Street and Commercial Road North, east of Eden Street.

We’ll install a new tiger crossing to the south of Unicorn Road to allow people on foot and on bicycles to cross safely at the same time along with a new shared footway for cyclists and pedestrians between Cascades Approach and Unicorn Road.

We’ll also be landscaping in the area to make it greener and more pleasant.

Charlotte Street