Sit on the sofa and talk about Plymouth


It’s back! The Plymouth Plan sofa is hitting the road this summer to hear what people think about what the city’s future should be like.

Plymouth Plan Connections is time for people to discuss the big topics and issues facing the city and what the solutions might be. Everything is part of the conversation: development, housing, regeneration and transport, greener Plymouth, arts and culture, prosperity and affordability, tourism, city pride and identity.

The next wave of Plymouth Plan sofa sessions follows on from last year’s ‘tour’ which encouraged hundreds of people to get involved with shaping the future of the city by talking about issues they think matter.

A Plymouth Plan Convention was also held and over the last year, all the information collated has been fed into the topic papers and area assessments for city neighbourhoods.

This work will be used to draft the Plymouth Plan for people to comment on. This will published in two parts:

  • Part one: sets what we want Plymouth to be like in 2031 and how we will get there. This will be published before the end of the year for comments.
  • Part two: a more detail look at where and how things will happen. This draft set of site specific policies and proposals will be published in draft in 2015

Once the Plymouth Plan is finalised, it will be submitted to the Government for independent public examination. The Council’s aim is to formally adopt the Plan by February 2017.

Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet member for the Environment said: “Plymouth’s future is so important, we want and need as many people as possible to have their say. We have put together assessments and topic papers on a wide range of subjects – but we want you to tell us if we have it right.

“We know there are groups across the city who are in touch with a lot of people that wouldn’t normally get involved in Council events – we hope that by encouraging community groups to get involved we can hear what as many people have to say as possible.

“It is a moving feast – we are coming to your area, the sofa will be popping up at events as we want as many people engaged in this as possible.”

Assessments have been done on local areas, and topic papers will be published on the Council’s website every week up until 15 September that look at key issues.

Join us on the sofa at the following places:

  • Friday 11 July – Derry’s Cross (outside Rumpus Cosy) from 8.30am to 12pm
  • Friday 11 July –The Barbican by Mayflower Steps from 1pm to 5pm
  • Saturday 12 July – Frogmore Field, Eggbuckland Summer Fayre from 12 to 5pm
  • Thursday 17 July – St Budeaux Square from 12noon to 5pm
  • Friday 18 July – Windsor House reception from 8.30am to 12noon
  • Friday 18 July –Outside Beechwood Primary School from 12.30pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday 23 July Drake’s Reservoir, Mutley, from 12noon to 5pm
  • Friday 25 July Central Park, Love Parks Week launch event from 8.30am to1pm
  • Monday 28 July Plympton Park and Ride from 7.30am to 1pm
  • Wednesday 30 July Plympton Ridgeway from 8.30am to 1pm
  • Monday 4 August Plymstock, Morrisons, Billacombe Road from 12 to 6pm
  • Thursday 7 August Devonport Park, next to the café from 2 to 5pm

The Plymouth Plan team wants to work with community groups willing to run an event or workshops. Groups need to apply for a pack of information, maps and things to run a fun event. Plymouth Octopus Project will provide free training and support to organise events.

Groups that receive a pack, tell the Plymouth Plan Team about their event and return comments from their community by 25 October 2014 will receive a £50 thank-you for their group to use. There will also be invitations to special debates that focus on some of the key issues the Plan needs to deal with.

All information published about the Plymouth Plan is on our website at www.plymouth.gov.uk/plymouthplan and you can also make comments online.

You can also comment on the Plymouth Plan Facebook page or on Twitter @PlymouthPlan.

Information will also be available in libraries.