Transforming Tipner East
On 1 March 2023, Portsmouth City Council Planning Committee granted approval for the new development, Victory Quay (formerly known as Tipner East).
We’re aiming to transform this site in Portsmouth into a vibrant new waterfront community, delivering much needed, high-quality homes that the city really needs. The derelict site can accomodate 750 to 850 new homes, with at least 30% for affordable rent and shared ownership. Sustainability, ecology and landscaping will be the heart of our designs and the proposals will include enhancing the waterfront promenade for all everyone to enjoy and improving the connections from the north of Portsmouth to the rest of the city.
Portsmouth has an acute shortage of affordable homes and the site at Tipner East provides an opportunity to deliver many more homes for the city including homes for affordable tenures in an attractive sustainable neighbourhood. The site has already been allocated for residential development in the City Council’s Local Plan and received planning permission for over 500 homes in 2012, which makes it the ideal location for new homes. The principle of developing the site for homes has already been set, and we’re excited to bring forward update plans for this brownfield site.
We submitted an application which will be compliant with the policy of Portsmouth City Council, i.e., 30% of the homes will be affordable. However, as a housing association providing affordable homes is our motivation so we’re treating this a minimum figure, and as the plans become finalised, we’ll seek to increase this where possible.
We’ll follow Portsmouth City Council policy, which states that 70% of the affordable homes will be for affordable rent and 30% will be shared ownership.
It’s important to us that we’re providing homes that meet the needs and aspirations of the local community. There’ll be a mix of 1,2-,3- and 4-bedroom homes and apartments but we haven’t finalised our proposed quantity as it will depend on what’s most needed in the area.
Yes. The sea defences are integral to the proposals and would bring significant benefits to the wider community.
The land at Tipner East is unlikely to provide suitable habitats given the previous uses of the site and extensive contamination. We’re undertaking a full ecological survey to identify what is on the site, how we can rehome any species and also improve the ecology of the site. That’s why we have engaged specialist company, Eco Support, over the past 18 months and collected an array of data from bird count to on site habitat via regular site monitoring. We have spoken to Natural England and various governing bodies to produce a detailed strategy to support the plans.
Yes. Part of the landscaping of the development we will include a range of trees and plants to encourage biodiversity.
Yes, our plan is to carry on the footpath/cycleway through the site to connect the north of the city to the City Centre.
Yes, as well as via the neighbouring Park and Ride, it is expected that buses will be rerouted through the site.
We submitted our planning application for the site in the summer 2022. We have worked closely with the community and local stakeholders to help us design our proposals. We are pleased that our application was approved March 2023, so we can complete the process of remediating the site and then start building the homes. The remediation of the site is likely to take between 12 and 18 months, and the construction is likely to be phased over a five-year period.
We would hope the first homes will be completed by 2025 and the final home completed by 2028.