Southampton, Tall Buildings Study
This study was prepared in the context of ongoing pressure for growth in the city. The compact and constrained form of Southampton, together with ambitious plans for more jobs and homes, has meant increasing pressure to build upwards. At the same time, tall buildings tend to generate strong opinions and it is therefore essential that there is clear policy guidance on this sensitive and emotive issue.
On behalf of the City Council and Historic England, and partnered by Forum Heritage Services, we prepared a detailed study which, for the first time, clearly identifies the implications for the siting of tall buildings associated with the setting of key heritage assets and strategic views. It provides a very valuable engagement tool for both promoters of tall buildings and development managers, with the right tools to consider proposals for tall buildings that will ensure the suitability and sustainability of their location, as well as the quality of design and construction. These include a checklist for assessing the design qualities of development proposals that draw on tall building design matters contained within both this study and best practice.
The study will form part of the evidence base informing the preparation of Southampton’s new Local Plan, making it key to decisions on planning applications and investment decisions across the city.