The objective of the Society is to protect the Solent for future generations. There are one million people who live on or near its shoreline and it is enjoyed by millions of visitors, both ashore and afloat. It is also a major economic resource and home to two major ports. It is therefore subject to numerous, conflicting development pressures.At its monthly meetings the Council of the Society reviews development proposals for the Solent, its harbours, estuaries and shores. The proposals are considered against the factors set out below with the objective of reaching a balanced decision which takes account of the implications for the Solent as a whole in accordance with the objectives of the Society.The assessment is wide ranging, from international obligations to concerns about the effect on the view from the sea and the potential impact on ecosystems (both marine and terrestrial). . Proposals will also be considered from the land side where they impact on the enjoyment of the Solent. Although the Council has considerable expertise in planning and environmental science, on occasions, it seeks expert advice on a proposal before making formal representations.The Society also welcomes the opportunity to discuss development proposals before they are formally submitted.
The following factors are taken into account when considering the impact of a development proposal and whether it will have a significant beneficial, neutral or adverse effect on the Solent:-
- The visual or aesthetic enjoyment of the skyline, of the coast or of the open sea
the quality of the Solent waters
- Coastal protection, both above and below high water
- The natural environment including the effect on protected areas such as SSSIs, Ramsar sites or AONB
- The historic environment including the protection of cultural and heritage assets such as listed buildings, conservation areas, historic wrecks
- Coastal access whether for enjoyment of the coastline or the waters of the Solent
navigation whether recreational, commercial or naval
- Quality of life or environment; for example the cumulative effect of a development or the effect of noise, light or air pollution
- Obligations under international treaties, such as European Landscape Convention and EU directives; National Strategies, such as the National Policy Planning Framework and the Marine Policy Statement, and all statutory and non-statutory plans.
Following the sub-menu options on this page will provides updates on significant planning applications which are being monitored by SPS. You will find a list of planning authorities in the Solent area including links to their respective web planning portal pages.