Category Archives : Patrick Nicholson – Deputy Leader, Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning

New bus route just the ticket for growing community

A new bus route will begin to serve the residents of Plymouth’s newest community this Easter weekend. Starting 1 April, the route serves the new residential development of Seaton Neighbourhood and will encourage commuters and residents to take public transport. It will also be timed with the shift patterns of employees of manufacturer HellermannTyton and […]

Sections of bus lanes to go on Plymouth Road

Two sections of bus lane are to be removed from Plymouth Road as part of the Council’s Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement scheme.. The bus lane outside the Lidl store could be taken out and the lane at Coypool Road shortened under the scheme which aims  to reduce journey times for drivers and improve pedestrian safety […]

Yes we Cann

Estover is the latest area of Plymouth to benefit from a range of affordable housing. The new development of Cann Meadow is on the site of the former Estover Primary School, which was released to the market by Plymouth City Council in 2015, as part of an on-going strategy to provide new, good quality and […]

(Clockwise from top left): Ward Councillor Maddi Bridgeman; Dave Downie Cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities; Scott Tunnicliffe, Plymouth City Council Housing Delivery Officer; Nicola Evans, Development Manager for Clarion Housing and Debbie Fogell, Neighbourhood Housing Officer for Clarion Housing

Plymotion Sustainable Travel Grants 2018

Organisations in Plymouth can now apply for up to £5,000 for schemes to make it easier for their staff to travel to work either by bike, on foot, or by bus. Match funding of up to £5,000 is being made available through Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion at Your Workplace programme, to provide facilities or initiatives […]

Freya’s Play Day

A Plympton schoolgirl has cut the ribbon at the new and improved Boringdon Close play park. Freya Martin, 9, was the guest of honour at the park where antiquated and tired equipment has been replaced by a dynamic ‘supernova’ roundabout, bird’s nest swing, and much more. Freya, who lives nearby, wrote to her MP to […]

Poetry in the play park

Children from a local school are adding some unique magic to one of Central Park’s exciting new assets. The enchanting toddler area, which is being built as part of the improvements to the play park, will feature logs with words and poetry devised by pupils from Montpelier Primary School. Over the next few weeks, the […]

Share your views on proposals for Charlton Road junction

Drivers, residents and businesses are being asked to comment on new safety improvement proposals for the junction of Tavistock Road and Charlton Road. The junction is a known accident hotspot and there have been ongoing concerns about safety there over a number of years. We consulted with local residents last year on access options after the […]

Plans submitted for Forder Valley Link Road

Plans for a brand new link road connecting William Prance Road in Derriford with the junction of Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road have been submitted. The proposed scheme will create an additional route from the east of the city to the north, avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout and A386 Tavistock Road. This […]

New bus shelter for Plymstock residents

Elderly residents in Plymstock now have a drier wait for the bus. The new bus shelter has been placed outside retirement development Maple Court on Horn Cross Road, adjacent to Magnolia Court; another retirement home. This was after a local resident, Ms Christine Speed requested the bus stop. Ms Speed said: “I would like to […]

Bridge on a bridge answer for Cot Hill?

A temporary bridge spanning over the current Cot Hill Road bridge is one of the options being looked at by infrastructure officers at Plymouth City Council. A structure could be installed as part of a temporary solution while work continues on a permanent replacement. In January the Council imposed an emergency ban on vehicles over […]

Second phase of play improvements given go ahead

The next phase of play improvements across Plymouth has been given the green light, with 38 play parks set to receive a makeover by Spring 2020. In addition, up to six brand new parks will be created close to new housing thanks to contributions from developers. The plans follow hot-on-the-heels on the first phase of […]

Reminder about work on Plymouth Road

Vegetation on Plymouth Road at the Marsh Mills and Larkham Lane junctions will be cleared over the next two weeks as part of advance works for the Eastern Corridor Junction Improvements Programme. The work will start on Monday 19 February but will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm to avoid the busiest traffic times. Investigative […]

Cash boost for homes on Council land

Plymouth’s plans to build more vitally-needed homes on Council-owned land has been given a £3.9 million cash boost. Projects to build on parcels of land, which could see up to 650 homes built, have been awarded funding from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. to help unlock the land for development The Land […]

‘Serve-ay’ for tennis players in Plymouth

Tennis players of all ages and abilities are being asked for their thoughts on tennis courts in parks across the city. Plymouth City Council is working with the Lawn Tennis Association on plans to encourage people to pick up a racket and play more often. The two organisations have paired up to work together to […]

William Prance Road to re-open

William Prance Road will have one lane open in both directions from Wednesday 14 February, improving access for local residents and businesses. While works will continue in this area until the end of March, drivers will be able to turn right into William Prance Road from Tavistock Road and continue eastbound all the way to […]

Pavement closure above Bretonside and temporary bus stop created

Pedestrians coming into Plymouth City Centre from Exeter Street are being reminded to use the pavement next to Drake Circus as the footpath directly above Bretonside will close from Monday. The southern footway on the viaduct and the bus lane – which has two bus stops – will be out of action to allow the […]

Night-time road and pavement condition surveys ahead of two key transport schemes

Specialist surveys to find out the current condition of road and pavements earmarked for two key transport schemes are due to get underway next week. Roads around Charles Cross roundabout and the area covered by the Woolwell to the George transport scheme will be surveyed over eight nights between Monday 12 and Friday 23 February […]

Play time in Central Park!

The Central Park Improvements Project is set to ramp up next week as refurbishment and extension of the play area begins. Designed with LDA Design and Russell Play from ideas gained at a community consultation, the area will be bigger and better and promises to make the park a playful destination for local families and […]

North Prospect benefits from funding boost

The regeneration of North Prospect has received a massive £2.8 million boost from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF). The HIF is distributed by the government to projects across the country to help pay for the infrastructure needed to support the building of new housing schemes. Plymouth City Council had prioritised the North Prospect area in […]

Pitch perfect plans for Efford and Central Park

Planning consent has been granted for improvements to playing pitches in Central Park and Higher Efford. In Efford, two current junior surfaces will be fitted with better drainage, delivering the works identified in the Plymouth Plan for Playing Pitches. In addition, the disused field at the former Plym Valley View Primary School will be transformed […]

How Street development gets go ahead

Planning permission for 12 brand new apartments specifically designed for adults with learning disabilities has been approved. The self-contained, one bedroom Extra Care flats with staff available on site, will be built on a currently empty plot in How Street. Designs show communal areas as well as sleep-in facilities for carers with rents capped at […]

Three sites set for demolition

Several vacant and dilapidated Plymouth buildings are set to make way for over 60 new homes. Stirling House and Honicknowle Clinic, the former Sure Start Nursery on Ham Green and the former North Prospect Library will all be demolished in preparation of building works beginning in 2019. A number of self-build housing opportunities for former […]

Overnight resurfacing around Derriford Roundabout

Overnight resurfacing will get under way on Derriford Roundabout next week following recent road reconstruction works. The work, being carried out as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme, will start on Monday 29 January and take six nights. All closures and diversions have been programmed after 7.30pm and before 6am to minimise disruption to traffic. […]

Work begins at Teat’s Hill

Work has started on turning a tired Plymouth park into a community destination. Diggers are on site at Teat’s Hill in Cattedown, where a new outdoor amphitheatre is being installed alongside improved play equipment. The project sees the coming together of several different council initiatives including Hands Up for Plymouth Play and the Active Neighbourhoods […]

Green light for Central Park Café

Planning permission for the new Central Park cafe has been granted. The cafe, one of the flagship components of the Central Park improvements project, will be built adjacent to the clock tower, at the busiest and most visible points of the park. Plymouth City Council is now seeking an operator to run the café when […]

Public examination for Joint Local Plan to start next week

    Some of the key issues to affect life in Plymouth and the surrounding areas will come under the scrutiny of planning inspectors over the coming weeks. A public examination is due to start on Tuesday 30 January to look at the detail of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan, which […]

Surveys start along Plymouth Road ahead of improvement programme

Ground condition and land surveys are starting this week along Plymouth Road ahead of the Eastern Corridor Junction Improvements Programme. The programme involves junctions along Plymouth Road being upgraded and ageing traffic signals replaced with more modern, efficient and reliable equipment enabling better coordination between the junctions. The programme aims to reduce journey times for […]

Exciting new play equipment for Peacock Meadow

Another Plympton play park has had a major makeover as part of an ongoing improvement programme. Peacock Meadow, off Newnham road, has new equipment that focuses on play for younger children. Additions include a tower with a fireman’s pole and slide, a rotating sand table and a spinner bowl. A group tyre swing and dynamic […]

Volunteer at Central Park

Volunteers are being sought to help with conservation, horticulture and general improvements in Central Park. Plymouth City Council have teamed up with Eco Land Management and the Friends of Central Park to run events alongside the improvements programme. Upcoming events are scheduled for January to March and are open to anyone who wants to get […]

Work to start on next link between Laira Rail Bridge and Plymstock

Work on the next section of a walking and cycling link connecting Laira Rail Bridge and Plymstock will get under way on Monday 15 January. The popular route will be extended further east along the railway alignment into Broxton Drive, at the entrance to the Saltram Meadow estate. Part of the new path will run […]