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A NEW STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE COMMON

One of the first priorities of the Southampton Common Forum  has been to draw up a new Strategic Plan for The Common to replace the existing and outdated management plan which dates from the 1990s and was centred on ecological considerations, rather to the neglect of human users.

In 2017-2018, and in partnership with Southampton City Council, the SCF management Committee undertook the bottom up writing of a new draft Strategic Plan to define how The Common should be managed into the future. This drew heavily on the results of our extensive 2017 Common User Survey, which attracted some 2,200 responses from across the City and beyond.

An “early view” draft of the new Strategic Plan was made available for public comment in March 2018 (view the feedback from that exercise).

The final draft, published in April 2018 incorporated public feedback from the “early view” consultation and was the subject of a public engagement exercise by Southampton City Council in mid 2018.

 The final version of the strategic plan was adopted by Southampton City Council in December 2018. It sets out a clear and aspirational vision for The Common (click below for larger view)

The final adopted Strategic Plan will be supported by a number of detailed management plans covering different areas of The Common’s function. The initial proposed list contains the following 5 detailed management plans.

In addition, we have identified 5 “hot topics” arising from this plan. These are:

Working groups of SCF volunteers and Southampton City Council, officers have been collaborating to explore these “hot topics” and provide an evidence base of best practice to inform and help develop the detail plans.