Southampton Port Master Plan

The Port of Southampton is encouraging stakeholders, customers and members of the local community in Southampton to have their say about the future of the Port.

We have published a consultation document setting out a 20-year Master Plan for the Port covering the period from 2016 through to 2035. Our Port Master Plan sets out a strategy for growth and the steps we believe are needed to allow the port community – and our region – to continue to be a successful gateway to the world. We would very much welcome your comments and would invite you to take part in this consultation. 

The Port plays a key role in Keeping Britiain Trading providing a strategic hub and gateway to global markets for business from all parts of the UK; handling over GBP 71 billion of international trade every year; over one quarter of the UK's seaborne trade with non-EU countries by value and is the leading UK port for exports to international markets of GBP 40 billion per annum. Port activity contributes GBP 1 billion to the UK economy every year supporting 15,000 jobs across the region.

The Master Plan (2016 - 2035) has regard to the nature of our port, operations, wider policy and guidance and sets our key objectives and our strategy for growth including:

  • our strategic planning for the medium to long term - providing assistance to planning bodies, transport authorities, network providers and other stakeholders in preparing their own development strategies

  • setting out the future development and infrastructure requirements needed to maintain and enhance the role of the Port as a major international deep-sea gateway; and

  • informing port users, employees and local communities as to how we envisage the Port developing in the coming years.

The consultation period has now closed. All comments received will be reviewed and a final version will be published early in 2017,

Download the 2016 - 2035 Port Master Plan Consultation Document and associated documents (PDF Format)

Master Plan Consultation Document

Shadow Sustainability Appraisal and Assessment Report

Shadow Habitats Regulations Assessment