Category Archives : Chris Penberthy


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 […]


Thousands more homes and jobs for Plymouth approved

A major £80million plan for 5,000 new homes over the next five years which will also create 2,000 construction jobs and training opportunities has been approved by Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet. The second phase of Plan for Homes, covering 2016 – 2020, was agreed by the Cabinet with 20 new initiatives which will: Help Plymouth […]


Council to consider plan for thousands of homes and jobs

An £80million plan for 5,000 new homes and over 2,000 construction jobs is to be considered by Plymouth City Council. The second phase of Plan for Homes, covering 2016-2021, will be discussed at the Council’s next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 16 February. The Plan includes 20 new initiatives which, if approved, will: Help Plymouth address […]


Compulsory Purchase Order on Widey Lane as Council tackles empty homes

Plymouth City Council has served a Compulsory Purchase Order on a house that has been a derelict eyesore for years. The Secretary of State has approved the Council’s application for a CPO on the house in Widey Lane which has been subject to vandalism and anti-social behaviour. The site was where the Council launched its […]


Bickleigh Down Eco-Village moves a step closer

A new eco-village on the outskirts of Plymouth – which will provide jobs and homes and is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK – is moving a step closer to reality. Bickleigh Down, which off Tavistick Road and can be accessed from Towerfield Drive, is the name of the planned […]


Free event for private landlords on the new Universal Credit scheme

Now that the Government’s new Universal Credit scheme has been introduced the City Council is hosting a special event to explain the changes for private landlords. Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work, which merges together some of the benefits and tax credits that people currently receive. Universal […]


New round of Plymouth’s innovative social enterprise fund now open

Social enterprises across Plymouth are being invited to submit applications for a share of a £875,000 pot of loans and grants to help their business flourish over the next two years. The Council is launching another round of its innovative Social Enterprise Investment Fund and the successful bidders will be able to join a growing […]


Veterans self-build project getting underway

A project to help veterans build their own homes in Plymouth is moving another step forward. Land for up to 24 affordable homes on the former St George’s Day Centre at George Place, Millbay, is being transferred from Plymouth City Council to DCH and work is due to start on site next month with Interserve, […]


Scheme to help homeless veterans in Plymouth

A scheme is being launched to help homeless veterans in Plymouth. The Royal British Legion is providing almost £20,000 grant funding to Plymouth Access to Housing (Path), a local homeless charity, to specifically support ex-Services personnel and their families. Path is also commissioned by Plymouth City Council for homeless people generally, and the Council is […]


Starter Homes given the greenlight in Plymouth

Plans to demolish a derelict eyesore building to make way for new housing have moved a step closer. The former Whitleigh Community Centre, which has been disused for the past seven years and subject to vandalism, will be knocked down to prepare the groundwork for 27 new starter homes. An Executive Decision was signed by […]


Crackdown on smoke and carbon monoxide alarm safety in Plymouth

Landlords could be fined £5,000 for failing to provide smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. As part of a new crackdown by Plymouth City Council to keep private rented tenants safe, a new policy has been introduced, in line with the new national Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Regulations. The regulations require private landlords to ensure […]