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


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 […]


Derriford Hospital bus interchange now two-way

Work to upgrade Plymouth’s second busiest bus interchange is now complete. The road outside Derriford Hospital has been widened to allow buses to travel in both directions – helping to reduce congestion outside the main entrance and making bus journeys to and from the hospital quicker and more reliable. Four additional bus stops have been […]


One-week lane closure on Outland Road

Drivers heading south along Outland Road (towards the city centre) are advised there will be an extra lane closure next week. Work to install new gullies and a new pedestrian crossing are being carried out as part of the Outland Road Junction Improvement Scheme. The nearside lane will be temporarily closed along a short section, […]


Junction improvements planned for Plymouth Road

We’ve approved work to upgrade junctions and reduce congestion along Plymouth Road in Plympton later this year. The Eastern Corridor Junction Improvement Programme will see more modern and efficient signals installed, along with capacity improvements and upgraded pedestrian and cyclist facilities. The first phase of the project will extend the right-turn lane to Cot Hill, creating […]


Plymouth confirmed by Government as spearhead area for Starter Homes

Plymouth has been confirmed by the Government as one of 30 local authorities to ‘spearhead’ the starter homes scheme. The Government announced a £1.2billion Starter Homes Land Fund and Plymouth City Council has been chosen as a partnership authority because of its strong track record of delivery, and potential for early delivery of starter homes. […]


New pedestrian and cycling bridge for Billacombe Road

Plans for a pedestrian and cycling bridge over Billacombe Road are being brought forward, thanks to advance funding from the Council. The developer of the Saltram Meadow estate is required to fund the bridge as part of its Section 106 agreement but the money is not due until phase two is complete – which could […]


Devon urban authorities confirm their commitment to regional working

Council leaders in Exeter and Plymouth have written to colleagues across the region to assure them of their ongoing commitment to joint working to improve skills, productivity and infrastructure in the Heart of the South West. A meeting of the Heart of the South West Leaders’ and Chief Executives’ group on Friday heard that Plymouth […]


Main work set to start on Derriford Transport Scheme

Major improvement works on the A386 Tavistock Road and William Prance Road will get under way on Tuesday 3 January. The Derriford Transport Scheme will reduce congestion along Tavistock Road and provide better public transport, walking and cycling links – improving journey times for all users. Extra lanes will be created and bus priority measures will […]


Rally behind rail investment plan for South West

Plymouth’s leader and deputy leader have welcomed today’s strategic rail blueprint for the South West Peninsula and said it should be used a rallying call for rail investment to drive economic growth in the South West. Council leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer said: “An incredible amount of work has been carried out […]


Call for renewed campaign for rail improvements

Plymouth’s deputy leader Councillor Patrick Nicholson has called for a renewed and sustained campaign across the region to push for improvements to rail. At Full Council today Councillor Nicholson told councillors that the 20-year plan to ‘Close the Gap’ would be launched and presented to Minister for Transport in Westminister tomorrow. He said: “This is […]


Additional £10 million confirmed for rail resilience in South West

Deputy leader of Plymouth City Council has today welcomed the Government announcment of £10 million for rail resilience in the South West. Councillor Patrick Nicholson said: “Whilst it is reassuring that Network Rail will be able to continue to develop plans into strengthening resilience of the rail line at Dawlish, these are still only plans. […]


Stay up-to-speed on roadworks

People travelling in and around Plymouth can now get updates on roadworks by email. We’ve launched a weekly roundup, with details of planned (non-emergency) works that are starting over the coming week, as well as ongoing works for major transport schemes. Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: […]


Work starts on new link from Laira Rail Bridge to Saltram Meadow

Work to create a walking and cycling route connecting Laira Rail Bridge and the new Saltram Meadow housing estate will start on Monday 14 November. The link will provide a traffic-free alternative to this stretch of Laira Bridge Road and Billacombe Road and help to reduce congestion along the A379. Department for Transport figures show […]


Landlords told take signs down or face fine

Landlords have been given a month to remove large advertisements from their properties or face a hefty fine. Owners of the banners – which were mainly student landlord and accommodation firms – have been contacted by the Council reminding them that the ads are governed by outdoor advertisement legislation, even if only put up for […]


Make a date for Data Play

People with great ideas about how to make Plymouth a better place are being invited along to an event about how to use information the Council has made public by opening up its data.  A Data Play event is being organised by the Council on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October at the STEM Centre […]


Plymouth City Council to invest £1 million in tackling empty homes

Plymouth City Council is accelerating its work to bring more empty homes in the city back into use. The Council has approved investment of £1 million to bring 375 homes in the city back into use to meet the needs of local people. Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery for Plymouth […]