New homes on derelict former utility store in Portsmouth Museum grounds

Thank you for sharing your views with us

Find out what people told us below

Thank you to everybody who shared their views with us on new homes on the derelict former utility store in Portsmouth Museum grounds, in Museum Road.

We know that taking down the derelict building, and replacing it with new homes, will affect local people so we wanted to ask as many residents and businesses as possible for their thoughts before we started to put together plans.

You can look at what people told us below. If you would like to discuss any of this then please call 023 9282 2251 or email

What is most important to you

Having collected your views we will now start to work on designs for the housing we will build on the site. We will bring these plans to you to consult with you again when they are ready. Some of the key themes that came out of our conversations with the local community are listed below. We’re going to use all of the feedback you gave us, and this list, to help us to put together options for the future which we would like to talk with you about.

Based on what you have told us we will:

  • Build homes that are appropriate for the site. This could include housing for older people, private sale etc.
  • Maintain the security of Pembroke Park and add no direct access to Pembroke Park.
  • Design a high quality, environmentally-friendly scheme that is sensitive to its location and to Portsmouth City Museum.
  • Maintain the security of the museum and the integrity of its grounds.
  • Retain as many of the existing trees as possible and replace any that we may have to lose as well as respecting the site’s location in a conservation area.
  • Ensure that the scheme has as low an impact as possible on parking and traffic congestion in the local area.

Based on what you have told us we will NOT:

  • Build high rise.
  • Include student accommodation in our scheme.

What did we ask?

We asked people the following four questions.

Do you agree that the records office site is a suitable site for brand new housing and why?

What kind of housing would you not like to see and why?

What type of housing do you think would be best for the records office site?

Please tell us if there is anything else that you would like us to take into account when we are putting together plans for this site.

Who did we ask?

We contacted more than 1,500 people in five key groups. Click on the groups below to find out what they told us:

How could people tell us what they thought?

  • We knocked on every door in the local area to talk to residents. Anybody not available was left with a ‘sorry we missed you’ card, at least once.
  • We delivered information flyers to houses and businesses in the area.
  • We published details of the community engagement online, through our own websites and social media accounts.
  • We held a public open drop-in session in Portsmouth museum next to the site.
  • We made the consultation available in Arabic, Bengali, Kurdish, Polish and Turkish, and Braille.
  • We listened to feedback received through these and other methods.
  • We launched a dedicated telephone hotline, postal address and email address.
  • We visited people’s homes and invited people to visit us in the civic offices.