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


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 […]


People asked big questions about land and development

What land should be built on and what should be protected as green space – those are the big questions to be asked in a massive consultation across Plymouth and South West Devon. A total of 30,300 homes need to be built in the next 16 years and Plymouth City Council, South Hams District and […]


1,200 new homes built in Plymouth last year

There were over 1,200 homes completed in Plymouth last year, the second highest number since 1988/1989.  In the year ending March 2016, a total of 1,244 homes were completed in the city smashing the City Council’s own Plan for Homes target of 1,000 homes a year. Commenting on the figures, Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader […]


Joined up approach by councils to plan for development

Three councils have teamed up to work on a Joint Local Plan to ensure future developments meet the needs of all residents. Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council are working together to prepare the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan. It brings together work that has previously […]


Ground investigations for Forder Valley Link Road

Specialist contractors have started ground investigations for the new Forder Valley Link Road. 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 guide the next stage of design. The surveys began on Monday […]


New coach station for Plymouth progressing

Plymouth’s new coach station is beginning to take shape. The site in the West End of the city centre has been a hive of construction over the last few months and we have some great timelapse footage, so that you can see change happening on the ground. Contractors SWH Civils has given us the latest […]


New crossing to be installed on Billacombe Road

Work to install a long-awaited pedestrian crossing over Billacombe Road will get under way on Monday 13 June. The news will be welcomed by residents in the Saltram Meadow estate, who have been calling for the developer to install a crossing since the first homes were occupied last year. Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and […]