Plymouth’s Paradise Field is to remain just that – a field.
Strategic planners have rejected a proposal for the site in Stoke to have houses built on it after 230 people objected to the idea and commented on the site as part of the Joint Local Plan consultation process.
The latest version of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan is due to be published next week and subject to the formal approval of all three full councils will be formally submitted to a planning inspector.
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Housing, Transport, and Planning, said: “This was one of the most controversial proposals put forward. As a Council we are acutely aware that thousands of families need good homes here in Plymouth. This is why the site was put forward to help address that need, but it was became clear that people living around this site felt passionately that it should be protected.
“We’ve listened to their arguments and felt they had a solid case, so this site no longer earmarked for housing.”
He added: “I also think it is a great example of how the Council can work with its residents, through this planning and consultation process to really listen to their concerns.”
The land is owned by the Council and was put up for sale in 2013 and advertised as a possible housing site.
This was proposal was further cemented when the site was put forward for as possible site for housing and greenspace in the Joint Local Plan consultation.
Out of all the proposals put forward in Plymouth, this attracted the most comments, with local residents arguing it should be given green space designation as it meets all the criteria. They also highlighted the lack of green space in this part of Plymouth.
The field falls within the conservation area and is surrounded by historic buildings.