Category Archives : Chris Penberthy


Families fleeing terror set for sanctuary in Plymouth

Fifteen families fleeing from conflict are set to be welcomed to Plymouth. This follows the Council’s decision to participate in the first year of the government-backed Global Refugee Resettlement Scheme. The Council had already committed to accepting 200 refugees by March 2020; 150 people through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and 50 people through […]


Make a change for Plymouth’s Homeless

Do you worry about whether giving money to people begging on the street is the right thing to do? A new campaign is being launched today that gives people two alternative but simple ways to make a change for Plymouth’s homeless. The Make a Change campaign is providing places for people to make a small […]


New Social Value Policy announced

Every pound spent by the Council, should be reinvested back into the community. That is the principle of a new Social Value policy that dictates how and where the Council spends its money on products and services Social value is the term that is used for quantifying the additional benefits that the community will get […]


New policy makes emergency home adaptations easier

A new Council policy is making it easier for disabled people to make adaptations to their home. Updates carried out to the Independent Living Policy will ensure Disabled Facilities Grants, money given to the Council by the government, can be spent without so much red tape, allowing people to remain independent and in their homes […]


Council announces plans for £500,000 fund to help fight the blight of long term empty homes

Plymouth City Council has today announced plans for a further £500,000 fund to tackle the blight of empty homes, as a long term derelict space above a city centre jewellers becomes a new home. The announcement comes during National Empty Homes Week (23 – 27 September) which aims to highlight the importance of bringing empty […]


Money for Plan for Homes fund agreed

Plymouth’s latest Plan for Homes has received a significant funding boost. Thanks to an executive decision signed today by Council leader Tudor Evans, £9 million will be allocated to the new Housing Investment Fund. The fund, announced as part of the third Plan for Homes earlier this year, is a pot of money designed to […]


Proposed changes to council tax support system

We’re making changes to our council tax support (CTS) scheme to make things easier for residents. The CTS scheme is designed to help customers with low incomes by reducing their council tax payments by up to 80 per cent. The scheme is reviewed every year and we think that it needs to change for 2020/21. […]

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Plymouth wins share of community cohesion fund

Four Plymouth neighbourhoods are set to benefit from funding to help with bringing their communities closer together. The Council have secured just over £500,000 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to run a programme which aims to bring the city’s settled and migrant communities together in Devonport, Honicknowle, St Budeaux and Efford […]


Plymouth City Council joins campaign for two weeks of mass co-operation

Plymouth City Council will be celebrating this year’s Co-operative Fortnight, a nationwide drive to bring people and communities together, with a range of events and promotions alongside member-owned businesses throughout the city. Taking place from 24 June to 7 July, Co-operative Fortnight encourages people across the country to engage in ‘acts of co-operation’, inspiring people […]


Plymouth in the top 10 for Engaged Cities Award

Plymouth has been recognised for its work alongside residents to create and implement solutions that improve lives and communities Its groundbreaking crowdfunding ‘City Change Fund’ has helped Plymouth become one of 10 cities to reach the finals for the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award. Over 100 cities submitted bids for the award which has […]


Plymouth, ‘City of Sanctuary’ comes together for Refugee Week

Partners in Plymouth are working together to mark national Refugee Week as the city prepares to launch a pledge to be a ‘City of Sanctuary’, and celebrate the contribution of displaced people to British society. Running from Saturday 15 – Friday 21 in the city, this year’s events have been organised by: Plymouth Hope, Calstock […]


(l-r) Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of the Council; Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing Cooperative Development and Tony Greenwood, Executive Director of South West Mutual

Council backs new bank

Plymouth City Council has pledged support for the development of a new local bank. The bank, known for now as South West Mutual, will be the first ever member-owned, high street bank dedicated to the residents and small businesses of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The bank will provide a full range of services to […]


Stalled development sites ready for construction

Building is set to begin on two stalled development sites in Plymouth. Land at the northern end of Prince Maurice Road in Lipson and the site of the former Whitleigh Community Centre will now provide the city with a total of 126 new homes. Development at both sites had stalled before the Council stepped in […]


North Prospect scheme enters final phase

Plymouth’s latest Plan for Homes is set to benefit its first project. The redevelopment of North Prospect, which is now approaching its final phase, will receive £1 million from the new Housing Investment Fund, a key part of the Council’s latest Plan for Homes. The money will go towards the construction of new roads and […]


A helping hand for people with a business idea

Plymouth’s would-be entrepreneurs could get a helping hand, thanks to a scheme designed to help people give business a go. Plymouth City Council is part-funding an enterprise coaching programme which aims to help people develop self-employment opportunities as well as start and sustain micro and small businesses, including conversations around alternative business structures such as […]


Empty homes crackdown with doubling of council tax on empty properties and enforced sale

Council Tax for owners who leave homes empty for more than two years rises to 200 per cent on 1 April Plymouth City Council applies to court to enforce the sale of Peverell property that has been left to rot by owners But infamous Widey Lane site that the Council compulsorily purchased three years ago […]


Preventing period poverty in Plymouth

It is a sad truth that many women, of all ages, struggle or fail to afford even basic levels of sanitary protection for their periods. In a bid to tackle this Plymouth City Council has announced today that it has set up a commission to examine the impact that period poverty has in Plymouth, identify […]


New Plan for Homes announced

Five thousand new homes will be built in Plymouth over the next five years. That is the ambition of Plan for Homes 3, the latest housing strategy from Plymouth City Council. By supporting a variety of new and affordable housing to tackle housing needs and homelessness whilst addressing existing poor housing conditions, the plan sets […]


New powers used to improve life for tenants

A Plymouth landlord could end up £7,500 out of pocket for failing to install a handrail. Plymouth City Council has sent a formal ‘Notice of Intent’ to the owners of a Peverell property warning a civil penalty notice could be issued for failing to comply with an Improvement Notice. The Council has this week served […]


PSPO consultation begins

A consultation on Public Space Protection Orders to deter unauthorised encampments has begun. Central Park’s Love Field, Prince Rock playing fields and land at William Prance Road are the first sites to be selected as part of a new policy adopted by the Council in January. These PSPOs, coupled with the development of temporary stopping spaces, […]


Fund to help Plymouth’s co-operative economy grow

A new fund is being set up to help Plymouth people to take more control of jobs, livelihoods and to keep more money in the city. The Co-operative and Mutuals Development Fund worth £1.259 million is being launched by Plymouth City Council as part of its plan to help its co-operative economy grow. A co-operative […]


The first look at how the Stirling Project could look. Credit: Form Design

First look at Stirling Project designs

The first designs for Stirling Project have been released. Based on the site of a former residential care home Honicknowle Green, the Stirling Project is a proposed development of 25 self-contained affordable homes to rent. Taking inspiration from the successful Nelson Project, it is hoped that 12 of the proposed homes will be self-built by […]


Four sites earmarked for Public Space Protection Orders

Four patches of land in Plymouth are set to be the first to benefit from the Council’s new policy for dealing with unauthorised encampments. The new policy was agreed by the Cabinet on Tuesday and looks at the way that Public Space Protection Orders can be used as part of the deterrent to unauthorised encampments. […]


New policy for unauthorised encampments

Plymouth City Council is taking a fresh look at the way it handles unauthorised encampments. The previous policy, presented last November, listed plans to provide several temporary stopping places (TSPs) around the city as well as placing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) on sites historically occupied by encampments. That policy was never implemented and so […]


Council backs bungalow scheme

A new Council initiative will see the first bungalows built in Plymouth for a number of years. Five new bungalows will be built on the site of the former Sure Start Centre on Ham Green Lane, as part of the council’s commitment to improve housing across the city. In partnership with Westward, this 100 per […]

(l-r) For Westward, Development Manager Chris Duggan and Assistant Director of Development Neil Edwards join Councillor Chris Penberthy at the site on Ham Green Lane

New winter shelter for rough sleepers

Rough sleepers will have somewhere to go this Christmas and throughout the winter thanks to some new accommodation. Plymouth City Council has joined forces with partners BCHA, PATH, Shekinah and Plymouth Soup Run to open the currently disused Stonehouse Creek Community Centre overnight from Friday 21 December. With some of the colder nights of the […]


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 […]