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


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 […]


New homes for north of city take step forward

Plans to build more than 60 homes on the site of the old Southway campus are a step closer to reality. Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) has signed a contract with building firm Galliford Try Partnerships to redevelop the site at the corner of Clittaford Road and Skerries Road, which will be marketed as Porsham Heights. […]


Work gets underway on former Ship building

Work is set to start to transform the derelict former Ship Hostel building in Millbay into affordable apartments – as Plymouth City Council seeks to relieve the number of empty homes in the city. The Ship Hostel building, which has been empty since 2011, is to be converted into 11 contemporary, affordable rent-to-buy flats with […]


New coach station for Britain’s Ocean City opens

Plymouth is to give a better welcome to thousands of coach passengers in its new look station. The first service will leave from the new station on Thursday 8 September but a ceremony to mark the opening of the new £4.85 million facility has taken place today. The new coach station will have seven bays, real […]


Main work set to start on Outland Road junction improvements

Work to upgrade junctions along Outland Road will get under way on Monday 12 September. The Outland Road Junction Improvement Scheme aims to reduce congestion between Peverell Park Road and Torr Lane, improving journey times for motorists and service reliability for buses on this busy route. It will also improve road safety by upgrading pedestrian […]


Get involved in shaping Plymouth’s future

Calls to protect football pitches at Collings Park and objections about development plans on Paradise Road in Stoke are some of the responses received as part of a massive consultation. Comments are now coming in as part of the Joint Local Plan consultation carried out by Plymouth City Council and South Hams District and West […]


Council takes enforcement action to get Billacombe Road crossing installed

We have issued a breach of condition planning enforcement notice requiring developer Persimmon to install a toucan crossing on Billacombe Road by the start of the new school term. Providing a crossing at the entrance to Broxton Drive was one of the planning conditions for the new Saltram Meadow housing estate but work is yet to […]


Help shape a fitting plan for sports and leisure

The super fit, the gentle joggers and those whose gym days ended at school are all being asked to help plan sports and facilities across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon. Plymouth City Council, South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils are teaming up to work on a new sports and leisure facilities plan […]


Work on new visitor coach stops to start

Work is starting on two new visitor coach stops at Derry’s Cross roundabout. The area around the pavements at Derry’s Cross is being re-engineered to provide two dedicated locations for coaches to pick up and drop off passengers. There will also be waiting shelters to ensure passengers have somewhere dry to wait. The Council has […]


First brick marks official start of home build at Sherford

Sherford, the new community being created in the heart of the South Hams, has reached a monumental milestone in its construction, with building work now officially starting on the first homes. The Sherford Consortium – the partnership of award-winning homebuilders Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Taylor Wimpey – were joined onsite by key local authority […]


Ideas to bring more life into city centre unveiled

Urban living could return to Plymouth city centre as part of a move to inject people and a fresh feel into the heart of the city. More families, couples, as well as singletons could live in new apartments and affordable houses with easy access to cafes, bars and shops through exciting redevelopment schemes designed to […]


Opening date for new coach station announced

Plymouth’s new coach station will open on Thursday 8 September Contractor SWH Civils is making good progress on the construction project off Mayflower Street which will replace the old 1950s coach station at Bretonside. SWH Civils has released the latest time lapse video from May and June to show how much progress has been made. http://bit.ly/1X8INU2 […]