Category Archives : Chris Penberthy


Plymouth leading the way with cooperative economy

Plymouth City Council is the first council in the country to commit to doubling the size of its cooperative economy – helping local people to take more control of jobs, livelihoods and to keep more money in the city. More organisations owned and run by their own staff and customers could be set up in […]


New housing policy to protect renters

Plymouth is cracking down on rogue landlords. Over 20,000 city households are set to benefit from a new Housing Enforcement Policy that supports raising standards in the rented accommodation. The policy, which will be considered by the City Council’s Cabinet on 13 November, sets out the clear enforcement consequences that the Council is be able […]


Silhouettes to mark Remembrance Day

Eighteen silhouettes will help Plymouth remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the build up to this year’s Armistice Day. The figures of a traditional British Tommy, an airman, a sailor, a nurse, a munitions factory worker, a Sikh soldier and a suffragette have been bought from the Royal British Legion and have […]


(l-r): Paul Nicholls, Gilpin Demolition; Michael Hourican, New Business Manager for LiveWest; Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for Finance; Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing; Councillor Pauline Murphy, Armed Forces Covenant Chair; Sandy South, Project Manager for the Community Self Build Agency and Alex South, Operations Director of the Community Self Build Agency.

Demolition of Stirling House begins

Work on Plymouth’s latest service veteran self-build project has taken a significant step forward. Demolition work has started at Stirling House on Honicknowle Green to make way for a proposed new housing development where over half of the 25 homes will be for service veteran self-builders. There will also be housing for local families. Following […]


It’s a gem! Empty space above Plymouth jewellers converted into homes

The upstairs of a Plymouth jewellers is being brought into use after being empty for five years. With support from Plymouth City Council, the upstairs first and second floors of Warren James jewellers are being converted into three flats working with leaseholders the Parman Group Ltd. It’s all part of the Council’s work to bring […]


Plymouth City Council commits to tackling modern slavery

Plymouth City Council has committed today to tackle modern slavery. Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Housing and Co-operative Development signed the Charter Against Modern Slavery on behalf of Plymouth City Council at the Cabinet meeting today. Is it estimated that there are 13,000 people affected by slavery though trafficking and exploitation each year. The […]


City Council takes action to help minimise the impact of Universal Credit

Plymouth City Council is taking a wide range of actions in an effort to minimise the impact of the Government’s introduction of Universal Credit on vulnerable families. A report to the Cabinet updates on ongoing work to provide support to families affected following a Council Select Committee report in March which highlighted the risks to […]


Council shows support for Plymouth Pride 2018

Plymouth Pride 2018 will bring an explosion of colour and inclusion across the city centre and Hoe on Saturday. The community-led event run by Plymouth’s LGBTQ+ community is a celebration of all communities coming together as a whole. Throughout Saturday there will be a whole range of activities starting with a parade from North Cross […]


Landlords needed to help rehome Syrian Refugees in Plymouth

Landlords in Plymouth are being encouraged to come forward and help rehome Syrian Refugees who have fled persecution and are seeking sanctuary in the UK. Plymouth City Council has agreed to accept approximately 35 Syrian Refugee families over three years as part of the national resettlement scheme, and landlords with houses or flats (not just […]


Team to tackle rough sleeping in Plymouth to be set up

A new team is being set up to tackle rough sleeping in Plymouth. A multi-agency rough sleeper team is being created as part of a concerted effort to help people sleeping rough off the streets and into more permanent, settled lifestyles. Plymouth City Council together with Shekinah, the Salvation Army, Plymouth Access to Housing, BCHA […]


Action plan to tackle Child Poverty in Plymouth

A new three-year action plan has been agreed by Plymouth City Council to tackle child poverty in the city. The Plan for Child Poverty 2016 – 2019 will look at four priorities and will build on the work done since 2012 to tackle child poverty in the city. The focus of the Plan for Child […]


10 more organisations get support to help people and create jobs

A charity dedicated to helping the homeless will be able to provide homes to rent thanks to Plymouth City Council’s innovative Social Enterprise Investment Fund. PATH, Plymouth Access to Housing has been awarded £127,500 under the fund to enable the charity to buy and lease properties. The fund means the charity can expand its offer […]


Plymouth crackdown on the harassment and illegal eviction of tenants

Rogue landlords who harass or illegally evict tenants are the subject of a new crackdown in Plymouth. Plymouth City Council is working in partnership with PATH (Plymouth Access to Housing) who have appointed a dedicated Tenancy Relations Officer to tackle these issues. The project involves the investigation of allegations of illegal eviction and harassment by […]


New community garden planned as council finalises transfer old tennis courts to community

Plans for a new community garden can now move forward as Plymouth City Council is in the final stages of transferring disused former tennis courts to the local community. The transfer of the site, at Hartley, will allow local charity, the Collings Park Trust – to use the former tennis court  and create a community […]


Crowd pleasing year for Crowdfunding Plymouth

Because of the success of Crowdfund Plymouth during its pilot year, the Council has announced a further £170,000 match funding will be made available from April. Drop-in centres for those with hearing difficulties, fabulous film nights in great settings and a project designed to make fishing more sustainable, these are some of projects who have […]


Get on the first rung of the property ladder with shared ownership

Getting onto the first rung of the property ladder can seem an impossible struggle; but Plymouth couple Amy and Julian Relf have moved into their dream home thanks to Westward and Help to Buy’s Shared Ownership scheme. The first-time buyers are now the proud joint owners, with Westward, of a two-bedroom home in the stunning […]


Healthy Homes scheme launched in Plymouth

A new Healthy Homes scheme has been launched in Plymouth to help up to 100 of the city’s most vulnerable residents. The project is a partnership between Plymouth Energy Community (PEC), Livewell South West and Plymouth City Council. PEC has been awarded £334,000 from the British Gas Energy Trust to deliver the scheme, which could […]


Plymouth has the ‘Power to Switch’!

A service in Plymouth which has saved local people thousands of pounds by helping them change how they buy, use and generate energy, is backing a national campaign. Local Community Benefit Society, Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) are supporting the #PowertoSwitch campaign, alongside Plymouth City Council. PEC’s trained advisors offer a range of services to help […]


Easylet affordable housing scheme celebrates first anniversary

A scheme which makes letting easy for landlords and provides good quality, affordable private rented housing for people facing homelessness is celebrating its first partnership working anniversary. Easylet became a partnership between Path, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Homes4Let in 2015. The scheme originated some years ago because there were property owners approaching one part […]


New Social Value Policy for Plymouth

 Plymouth City Council has agreed a new policy to improve quality of life in Plymouth by ensuring all future purchasing contracts have a ‘social value’ element. The Social Value and Sustainability Policy has been developed in response to a Plymouth Fairness Commission final recommendation that all public sector agencies in the city should take steps […]


Rent with confidence when you see the West of England Rental Standard logo

Landlords in Plymouth are encouraged to sign up to the new West of England Rental Standard which has been launched to improve housing standards. Plymouth City Council is signed up to the new Standard, which was launched at the Bristol Landlord EXPO on Thursday 17 March. Plymouth joins a number of other authorities in signing […]


Council agrees measures to support Plymouth’s most vulnerable in face of £60 million cuts

Improvements to housing for disabled people, targeting emergency welfare to those most in need, and more flexible ways to pay council tax are among the ways Plymouth plans to support the city’s most vulnerable in the face of £60 million in welfare cuts. Most benefits are administered at national level and Plymouth City Council does […]


New homes and jobs for Honicknowle

New homes, jobs and training and a natural play area are among the plans for a derelict former school site in Honicknowle, Plymouth. Thanks to a partnership between Plymouth City Council and Spectrum Housing Group, plans are well underway for the development in Chaucer Way. As well as 137 new homes, £312,000 is being invested […]


More than 50 new homes at Stonehouse Arena

Social housing provider The Guinness Partnership hosted an open house event to celebrate the completion of its Stonehouse Arena development in Plymouth and welcome the first of its new residents. The redevelopment of the derelict sports ground sees Guinness provide 56 contemporary affordable homes – 46 for affordable rent and 10 sold to first-time buyers under […]


Plymouth aims to protect most vulnerable as welfare cuts lose the city £60 million

Plymouth is putting in place plans to help support vulnerable residents as the city prepares to lose around £60million in welfare cuts. The vast majority of benefits are administered at a national level and Plymouth City Council does not have any control over. But the Council has agreed its Welfare Support Framework to agree a […]


New Fairtrade Directory launched for Plymouth

A new directory of businesses that supply Fairtrade goods in Plymouth is being launched as part of Fairtrade Fortnight (29 February – 13 March 2016). The directory is one of a number of initiatives across the city to encourage people to buy Fairtrade goods throughout the fortnight. Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Cooperatives and […]


Sites to be transferred to Four Greens Community Trust

A number of Ernesettle sites are being transferred to a community owned trust with the aim of providing jobs, green energy, learning and training opportunities, opportunities for community activity and improved community services and facilities. Plymouth City Council is transferring the land off Ernesettle Lane to Four Greens Community Trust (FGCT) to give local people […]