A glimpse into Plymouth 2031

Plymouth residents and businesses can get glimpse into the future in a groundbreaking plan that sets out what life in Plymouth could be like in years to come.


For the first time ever, a single plan setting out the direction for the entire city has been put together after extensive conversations and events involving thousands of residents, community groups and partners.


Cabinet will meet on December 9 to approve the first part of the Plymouth Plan which sets out what the city wants Plymouth to be like in 2031 and how this will be achieved. People can check this draft and make comments to make sure it’s going in the right direction before a more detailed plan is put in place looking at how and where things will happen in the summer.


Cabinet member for the Environment Councillor Brian Vincent said: “A massive thank-you to the thousands of people who have given us answers to the big questions. It is thanks to their help that we are able get to this stage.


“Transforming the city is a long term venture – it doesn’t happen by accident or overnight. It needs careful planning, persistence and a belief that certain actions taken by organisations can make a massive difference to a lot of people.”


The draft plan has a completely different feel. Instead of dry strategies, it paints an image of what the city could look like in 2031, and sets out a course to move this city closer towards that vision.

 A glimpse at what a healthy city might look like:

  • The differences between life expectancy and health in neighbourhoods have been reduced and people feel safe
  • Major inroads have been made with key issues such as mental health, healthy weight and substance misuse – including alcohol
  • Young people have the skills to look after themselves and leave school able to read and write
  • Older people can live independently for longer – and there’s enough housing for this to happen
  • Plymouth is known for being dementia-friendly
  • Everyone can get involved in sport and enjoys an active lifestyle
  • Everyone has a decent home to suit their needs
  • Initiatives have helped end fuel poverty
  • Every neighbourhood has access to local work and good public transport
  • Every neighbourhood has a focus with access to good healthy food and open space

 A glimpse at what an international city might look like:

  •  Every resident feels proud of the city’s past as well as its modern international city status
  • There’s an internationally competitive cultural and visitor offer maximising assets such as the National Marine Aquarium and the Theatre Royal and linking them to new destinations such as the History Centre
  • A major international programme across Europe, the US and China contributing to trade and investment of Plymouth’s cultural and creative industries.
  • A transformed waterfront with improvements to public space as well as hosting major cultural art and sports events
  • Water transport improved with better access to key locations such as Mount Batten, Millbay, Devonport and Royal William Yard
  • Mayflower 2020 celebrations have left a legacy of  better facilities for local people and visitors alike
  • New investment in quality hotels
  • The ‘marine industries production campus’ is successfully driving investment into Plymouth and the region,
  • Plymouth University’s campus has expanded and the three universities give the city an international profile.
  • Radical improvements made to the city’s railway station, a new coach station and Millbay port – including a cruise liner terminal

 A glimpse at what a growing city might look like in 2031 suggests

  • Plymouth is playing to its key economic strengths and the city centre, the waterfront and Derriford enjoy strong and sustained growth.
  • The creative and cultural industries experience significant growth, with new business trade and investment on national and international level
  • The city’s young people have the skills for employment and more creative graduates stay here
  • The city centre is regenerated with high levels of internet connectivity, urban living and a leisure destination
  • Around 23,000 new homes have been built
  • Key strategic transport projects have been delivered
  • New parks created at Derriford and Saltram and Central Park masterplan complete
  • Plymouth’s carbon footprint substantially reduced and the city more resilient to climate change


The plan also sets out the city’s strategic role as a regional city and a major economic driver for the heart of the South West.

In 2031 Plymouth would have excellent transport and communications connectivity regionally, nationally and internationally and provides of focus for culture, top tier health, education and shopping and leisure services.

People will be able to comment on the plan from 21 January to 4 March 2015. This can be made online using the consultation portal, by email or in writing.

A copy of the plan will be on the website, in libraries and community venues.

Regular updates will be on Twitter, Facebook and email newsletters and events, debates and workshops to discuss different parts of the plan.

An interactive version of the draft plan will be piloted to encourage different audiences to explore the plan and can find what they need easily. More details of this will be available in the New Year.

The plan by numbers

What want to we see

  • A population of 300,000
  • 22,700 new homes
  • 7,242 new affordable homes
  • 58 hectares of employment land
  • 400 hectares of green space
  • 18,600 new jobs
  • Virtually no households experiencing fuel poverty
  • 40 hectares of new nature reserves
  • 0 children leaving school not able to read and write
  • 65,000 m2 of new shopping floorspace
  • 50 per cent reduction in carbon emissions
  • Less than 2 per cent of our waste going to landfill
  • 2hrs 15 minutes – the regular journey time to London
  • 49 new pitches for gypsies and travellers
  • Everyone has access to a high quality play space within 600m of where they live.