Parking Strategy

Read the full parking strategy (PDF)

Parking is an important issue for everyone in Portsmouth, and it can affect everyone, whether they live in, work in, or visit the city.

We’ve developed a new parking strategy setting out our plans and policies to improve parking for the next ten years up to 2034.

With Portsmouth’s unique geography and history contributing to parking pressures, the strategy aims to address these challenges while aligning with key initiatives such as the Portsmouth Transport Hub, South East Hampshire Rapid Transit, and the decarbonisation agenda.

The parking strategy is designed to support everyone who lives or works in the city as well as visitors. It aims to enhance travel options and make it easier for people to park, as well as encourage the use of sustainable transport alternatives.

The strategy sets out policies such as:

  • Prioritising on-street parking for people who live in Portsmouth through developing Residents Parking Zones
  • Supporting plans to regenerate the city centre by making more parking spaces available and  repurposing underused parking areas in the city centre to enhance productivity and economic benefits
  • Increasing our use of smart technologies and data to improve parking, and using kerbside space more flexibly
  • Developing more sustainable transport options, including car clubs, public transport and cycling, so that more people can travel without having to use a vehicle.

You can read about this and more in our full parking strategy below.

Read the full parking strategy (PDF)

In the future the parking strategy will inform decision-making processes, ensuring that future parking initiatives contribute to the city’s long-term strategic objectives, including economic growth and environmental sustainability. The parking strategy is a vital component of the Portsmouth Transport Strategy and compliments the emerging Portsmouth Local Plan.


The parking strategy was developed collaboratively with input from various stakeholders and underwent extensive public consultation from 18 September to 29 October 2023. Over 2,000 responses were received, reflecting a broad range of perspectives across age groups and geographic areas.

Read the consultation results