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


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 […]


Taking the right path at Derriford Community Park

Plymouth City Council is seeking feedback on plans for a new green space. A series of consultation events have been arranged to display on proposals for the foot and cycle path network through the new Derriford Community Park. The paths will connect Crownhill, Eggbuckland, Estover, Leigham and the new Seaton neighbourhood with high quality routes […]


Temporary Stop Notice: Aberdeen Avenue

We are acting on a complaint that Burrington Estates are carrying out construction work on new homes on land off Aberdeen Avenue, despite not having met pre-commencement conditions. One of these conditions was that Burrington Estates would need to agree a construction vehicle route and details. Despite no details being agreed work has started on […]


Improvements for Morlaix Drive

Work on a new bus link to Derriford Hospital will begin in spring 2019. The Morlaix Drive Access Improvement and Bus Priority Scheme will widen Morlaix Drive between Brest Road and the hospital to provide improved access for public transport, pedestrians and cyclists. Funding for the £4.7 million project will be part-funded by £3.3 million […]


Councils to consider teaming up planning services

Plymouth’s award-winning planning services could be teaming up with colleagues in Torbay as part of a comprehensive modernisation package. Plymouth’s Cabinet will meet on 16 January to discuss approving an ‘in principle agreement’ to look at sharing some planning functions with Torbay Council. Areas that could come under the arrangement include planning compliance, major developments, […]


Emergency diversion route for HGVs using Cot Hill

An emergency diversion route is being put in place for large goods vehicles using Cot Hill in Plympton after a safety inspection identified concerns over the strength of the rail bridge. Plymouth City Council has imposed an emergency ban on vehicles over 7.5 tonnes on the west bridge – heading north bound towards Plymouth Road […]


Investment for major Plymouth route

A major traffic pinch-point in the east of Plymouth is set for investment. A total of £510,000 has been allocated to further explore the feasibility of widening junctions and managing heavy traffic on the section of the A379 that runs between Pomphlett Roundabout and The Ride. These changes will provide significant journey time improvements into […]


Plans for Central Park Café submitted

The proposed new Central Park café has taken a major step towards reality after designs were submitted for planning permission. The café is one of the flagship projects of the Central Park Masterplan, which sees a £9 million investment in one of Plymouth’s most popular green spaces. Located adjacent to the clock tower, one of […]

How the new Central Park Café could look

Central Park Skatepark - How the new skatepark will look

Skatepark ready to roll

The designs for Central Park’s new skatepark have been finalised and work will begin on the site in the new year. As part of the wider improvements to the park, Plymouth City Council has teamed up with Freestyle Skateparks to revamp the skatepark and turn it into a destination facility, offering something for beginners, right […]


Double investment at Bond Street

A Plymouth playing field is set for a double dose of investment. The park at Bond Street, Southway, will be home to a brand new play park as well as a number of new sports pitches as two ongoing improvement projects combine. The children’s play park, delivered by the Hands Up for Plymouth Play project, […]

Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning joins planning officer Rebecca Miller at Bond Street

Beefing up team that tackles untidy land and buildings

Plymouth City Council is expanding its planning compliance team in response to calls from residents and councillors to look at planning issues that affect where people live. A new compliance officer, Josephine Maddick has joined the team as part of the Council’s commitment to protect Plymouth’s unique environment and take swift action against unauthorised planning […]


Work starts on Barbican to Laira Rail Bridge scheme

Work to improve walking and cycling links between the Barbican and Laira Rail Bridge will get under way on Monday 8 January. The route, which forms part of the South West Coast Path and National Cycle Network route 27, will benefit from improved road crossings, new and improved footways and off-road cycle paths, on-road cycle […]


Map showing removal of traffic restrictions for Derriford Transport Scheme

Derriford traffic restrictions to be lifted early

A number of the traffic restrictions in place for the Derriford Transport Scheme are expected to be lifted before the end of the programme, bringing welcome relief to motorists. We have been working with our contractor Amey to free up as much road space as possible, as early as possible, ahead of the scheme’s completion. Councillor […]


Temporary stop notice issued

We are acting on a complaint that Persimmon is carrying out construction work on new homes at Plymstock Quarry on Saturdays after 1pm and on Sundays, in breach of agreed hours of working at the site under the terms of their planning permission. This has happened for the last two weekends and possibly on other […]


New life for Old Dairy

A dilapidated and forgotten old farm building has been transformed into a new animal care centre. The Old Dairy at Poole Farm has undergone an extensive renovation and is now home to a number of Animal Care and Land Management courses run by Duchy College. The farm can now accommodate guinea pigs, rabbits, mice and […]


Play improvement programme continues

Play parks at Hooe Green and Dean Cross are the latest to have been made over as part of an ongoing play improvements scheme. Meanwhile, work has also started on parks at Peacock Meadow, Boringdon Close, Plympton St Maurice, and at Mutley Park as the Hands Up For Plymouth Play programme ramps up. Improvements across […]


(l-r) Mike Houican, Strategic Development Manager for DCH, Graham Lobb, Director of Form Design, Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council and Norman Biddle, Chairman of the Community Self Build Association at the Stirling House site on Honicknowle Green

Stirling picks up where Nelson left off

A former residential home in Honicknowle has been earmarked for Plymouth’s newest veteran self-build project. Stirling House on Honicknowle Green will be demolished and planned in its place are a number of self-build housing opportunities for former service families as well as single veterans in housing need, alongside other homes for sale and rent. Following […]


Mannamead Road consultation begins

Plymouth City Council is seeking residents’ views on £1.5 million plans to improve the traffic flow along Mannamead Road. A number of changes are proposed for this busy route, which links Manadon Roundabout with Mutley Plain. Amongst the suggested changes are upgrades to the traffic signals at the junctions with Torr Lane, Higher Compton Road, […]


Ground investigations for Forder Valley Link Road

Specialist contractors will be carrying out ground investigations for the new Forder Valley Link Road from Monday. Trial pits and boreholes are being dug along the proposed route of the new link road and at the Forder Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road junction to confirm the ground conditions and help further guide the next stage of detailed […]


Derriford roadworks restrictions temporarily lifted for Christmas

We’re temporarily lifting some of the roadworks restrictions in Derriford to help keep traffic moving during the busy Christmas period. The contraflow between Derriford Roundabout and Honeyford Close will be removed overnight tonight as the newly rebuilt northbound lane re-opens to traffic. The two southbound lanes will also be re-opened from Plymbridge Lane to the roundabout, […]


Overnight works around Derriford Roundabout

Overnight works to reconstruct the road around Derriford Roundabout are programmed to begin from Monday 27 November as part of the Derriford Transport Scheme. All work will be carried out at night and no closures or diversions will be in place before 7pm or after 6am, to avoid peak traffic times and minimise disruption. This […]


Skatepark designs ready!

The Central Park Skatepark is set for an exciting makeover. As part of the wider improvements to the park, the skatepark will be revamped into a destination facility, offering something for beginners, right through to professionals which could also host events and competitions in the future. Plymouth City Council has teamed up with Freestyle Skateparks […]


Central Park improvements move into second phase

The second phase of improvements to Central Park have been approved with a further £2.6 million worth of funding. Since the scheme was announced in April, Plymouth City Council has been consulting residents on the plans for the park and have started a programme of general improvements throughout the park. Work can now begin on […]


Improved walking and cycling links between Barbican and Laira Rail Bridge

We’re inviting feedback on planned walking and cycling improvements between the Barbican and the Laira Rail Bridge. The route, which forms part of the South West Coast Path and National Cycle Network route 27, will benefit from improved road crossings, new and improved footways and off-road cycle paths, on road cycle lanes, cycle parking, better […]


Preferred proposals for improving traffic flow along Plymouth Road

People are being asked to share their views on preferred proposals for improving traffic flow along the B3416 Plymouth Road, from Marsh Mills to Glen Road. The Eastern Corridor Junction Improvements Programme aims to reduce journey times for motorists and buses and improve pedestrian safety and facilities for cyclists. By reducing delays along this busy […]


Hidden historic gem gets listed

One of Plymouth’s hidden historic gems has been listed by Historic England. The Jewish Burial Ground off Lambhay Hill has been granted Grade II listed status as a result of an application made by Plymouth City Council. The burial ground is accessible only through a black door in an anonymous Barbican wall, but it is […]


And the winners are … Abercrombie Awards

  A unique children’s theatre and a housing scheme to help veterans learn construction skills as well as have somewhere to live, were two of the projects to win in this year’s Abercrombie Awards. Plymouth’s best loved buildings – and the people who helped create them – where in the spotlight for the city’s Abercrombie […]