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


From muddy to magnificent, new path opens up views of Tamar

A new path with stunning views of the Tamar will be formally opened at a special day today (Thursday 13) to celebrate nature on the doorstop at Ernesettle. Councillor Mike Leaves will be cutting the ribbon to the new two kilometre path around the Ernesettle Creek Headland. The path was once an inaccessible river of […]


Study to look at future demand for railway station in Plympton area

A study to explore if there is demand for a railway station in the Plympton area as well as consider improvements to rail services at Ivybridge station has been commissioned by Plymouth City Council. This study will help the city further develop its long-term transport strategy set out in the Plymouth and South West Devon […]


Plymotion: Back to chat

Thousands more Plymouth residents are going to be asked for their views about their travel and transport needs and given advice about the options available for getting around the city. The fifth phase of the successful Plymotion Personalised Travel Planning campaign, led by Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion travel advisors, will start in July. Since 2012 […]


Funding approved for Tavistock Road for structural repairs

Plymouth City Council has approved a £3.4 million investment to include structural road repairs within the work programme for the Derriford Transport Scheme. While traffic management is in place along Tavistock Road, the Council has taken the opportunity to carry out detailed condition surveys that would normally require special lane or road closures. These surveys, […]


North Prospect redevelopment continues

The redevelopment of North Prospect is set to continue as the next phase of building work moves a step closer. The first two phases of the project have already been completed and the third is underway, providing more than 500 new homes so far as well as the Beacon, a new community hub housing shops, […]


Central Park consultation begins

Central Park users are being invited for their thoughts on the £2.5 million investment in Plymouth’s premier park. Opinions are being sought both online and in person through a series of information sessions to ensure that the money is used in a way that benefits park patrons. Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member […]


Plymouth residents encouraged to get on their bikes!

Free services are now available to help you join the growing numbers of people in and around Plymouth who are discovering, or rediscovering, the joys and health benefits of cycling. Adult cycle training tailored for all abilities, expert tips and advice, bike maintenance classes and help to give older bikes a new lease of life […]


Green light for Derriford Community Park funding

The next stage of funding for Derriford Community Park has been approved, paving the way for exciting developments at the planned 140 hectare park, right here in the city. The investments, which total over £500,000, will see the old Poole Farm Dairy renovated and transformed into a learning resource, a new play space designed and […]


Plymotion grants up for grabs

Employers across the city are being invited to bid for grants to provide either facilities or initiatives to enable their staff to travel to work either by bike, on foot or by bus. Match funded grants of up to £5,000 are being made available through Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion at Your Workplace programme to provide […]


Plans to improve traffic flow along Plymouth Road

People are being invited to comment on plans to improve the traffic flow along Plymouth Road in Plympton. Upgrades to the traffic signals along this key commuter route are in the pipeline, thanks to £2.1 million funding from the Department of Transport. The Council plans to use the opportunity to introduce measures that will improve […]


Efford Playing Pitches to profit

HIGHER Efford Playing Pitches is set for a £500,000 makeover as part a city-wide scheme aimed at improving playing pitch facilities in Plymouth. The project will deliver the action identified in the Plymouth Plan for Playing Pitches for the two current junior surfaces to be fitted with better drainage and the current pre-fabricated changing block […]


Order to tidy up building made

We’ve served a notice to the owner of the Cooperage instructing them to tidy up the exterior of the property. Council officers have issued a Section 215 Untidy Land Notice, which requires the owner of the property in Vauxhall Street to tidy the building up after unsuccessful efforts to get improvements made on a voluntary […]


£2.5m improvement package planned for Central Park

A £2.5 million package of improvements designed to make Central Park even better has just been given the go-ahead, with the aim of making Plymouth’s premier park even better and delivering up to date sport and community facilities for residents  The works will be delivered as a programme with the first two phases being delivered […]


Update on measures to alleviate congestion during Derriford roadworks

We are continuing to monitor traffic flow and adjust arrangements to alleviate congestion as much as possible while work is carried out on the Derriford Transport Scheme. An additional lane will be opened on the northbound approach to Derriford Roundabout (after Sendall’s Way) from tomorrow (Saturday 22 April), following the recent adjustment to traffic lights to […]


Laira Rail Bridge to Saltram Meadow link complete

The latest section of a walking and cycling route connecting Laira and Plymstock is now complete. A new four-metre-wide path from Laira Rail Bridge gives walkers and cyclists an off-road, level and direct route into the Saltram Meadow housing development. The final link connecting the path with Saltram Meadow will soon be built by Persimmon […]

Laira Rail Bridge to Saltram Meadow walking and cycling link

Channel Park Allotment brings local families together to plant community orchard

Families have come together with Plymouth City Council to plant a shared community orchard, building on the success of the Channel Park Allotments which opened a year ago. The allotments were opened on a forgotten piece of scrubland and since they opened they have been maintained and enjoyed by 20 tenants. On Sunday 19 March […]


Next phase to start on the Derriford Transport Scheme

The next phase of improvement works on the A386 Tavistock Road is set to start. Work along the A386 Tavistock Road between Budshead Road and just south of Sendall’s Way will start on Wednesday 22 March and work along William Prance Road on Thursday 23 March. The Derriford Transport Scheme will aim to reduce congestion […]


Comment on the soundness of our Joint Local Plan

People across Plymouth, the South Hams and West Devon will be able to comment on proposals outlined in the Joint Local Plan ahead of it being submitted to a Government inspector. A final consultation starts today (15 March) and runs until 26 April, but there are strict guidelines about what people can comment on and […]


Outland Road improvements to finish earlier than expected

A major scheme to improve traffic flow and safety along Outland Road is expected to be completed on time despite set-backs earlier in the programme. Work on the Outland Road Junction Improvement Scheme started in September 2016 and was originally programmed to finish by the end of March but poor ground conditions uncovered in the […]


Come and get involved with Plymouth’s new community park

The team from Poole Farm who are behind Derriford’s new Community Park want the public to get involved with the next phase of the park’s development. Over 200 volunteers have already planted 900 metres of new hedgerow to help  improve the condition of the land along Seaton Valley for the benefit of wildlife, biodiversity and […]


Register office site explained

Some proposals outlined in our Joint Local Plan are making headlines, including the Register Office site. The land at Lockyer Street is allocated as a mixed use development, including a hotel, in the Joint Local Plan, which is a long term look at what sort of development we would like to see and where in […]


Peirson House statement

A legal challenge against a Plymouth planning decision has been refused permission to proceed by the Planning High Court after a judge ruled that the proposed grounds for the judicial review were ‘wholly unarguable’ and came close to being ‘certified as totally without merit.’ The Hoe Conservation and Residents Association brought the judicial review claim […]


Two Honorary Aldermen created

The Lord Mayor of Plymouth has confered the title of ‘Honorary Alderman’ upon Patricia Nicolson and Michael Fox for their significant contribution to Plymouth City Council during their time as councillors. Previous Lord Mayor, Michael Fox was elected to the Estover Ward in 1995, now known as Moor View Ward.  He served as a Councillor […]


Keeping the city as green as possible

Huge efforts have been made to strike an appropriate balance between the need for growth, setting aside sites for employment to create jobs and much-needed new homes, while making sure there is enough green space in and around all the neighbourhoods across the city. Thousands of hectares of green space will enjoy protection from development […]


Ambitious plan for future of Plymouth and South West Devon published

An ambitious plan for what Plymouth and South West Devon could be like in 2034 covering important issues like health, transport, homes, jobs and the economy, green spaces and infrastructure is to be considered by three councils next week. The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan is going to the Full Council in […]


Getting involved pays off for Stoke residents

Plymouth’s Paradise Field is to remain just that – a field. Strategic planners have rejected a proposal for the site in Stoke to have houses built on it after 230 people objected to the idea and commented on the site as part of the Joint Local Plan consultation process. The latest version of the Plymouth […]


Plymouth City Council welcomes Housing White Paper

Plymouth City Council welcomes the long-awaited Housing White Paper that was published this week. The White Paper demonstrates that the Government has been listening to what local authorities have been saying for some time now, about how we can accelerate housing delivery and provide more affordable homes that meet people’s needs. Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy […]


New planning application to regenerate historic site on Drake’s Island and open it up to the public

Rotolok (Holdings) Ltd has submitted a new planning application to Plymouth City Council for the regeneration of Drake’s Island into a luxury hotel, spa and restaurant. Also included are plans for an educational visitor experience on the Island. The new application demonstrates the company’s commitment to the project as it seeks to address the outstanding […]


Visitor coach facilities help Plymouth get on map

Plymouth’s project to create better facilities for coach tours has led to the city being shortlisted as a coach friendly destination in the British Coach Tourism Awards. The Council embarked a package of works designed to create a better welcome for coach passengers coming to Britain’s Ocean City with its new multi-million coach station in […]


£1.497 million funding boost for Plymotion

We have secured almost £1.5 million from the Department for Transport to continue our successful Plymotion green travel programme for another three years. We are one of 25 councils across the country to be awarded a share of £60 million from the Sustainable Travel Access Fund, for local projects that support access to employment, education and […]