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Building begins at Plymouth primary school

Work on Yealmpstone Farm Primary School is set to begin. When the £2.8 million works are complete, the Plympton-based school will be able to offer 420 places for local children; exactly double the 210 it can provide today. Contractors Ryearch Ltd will arrive at the school on Wednesday and will set up and prepare the […]


Order to tidy up building made

We’ve served a notice to the owner of the Cooperage instructing them to tidy up the exterior of the property. Council officers have issued a Section 215 Untidy Land Notice, which requires the owner of the property in Vauxhall Street to tidy the building up after unsuccessful efforts to get improvements made on a voluntary […]


Council acts to force sale of derelict Devonport building

The Council is taking action to force the sale of a derelict and unsafe Grade 2 listed building which has been empty since a fire nine years ago. Plymouth City Council is starting enforced sale action under the Law of Property Act 1925, a former snooker club Pot Black – also known as the Former […]


Plymouth Plan wins national award

Plymouth’s innovative approach to planning for the future has won a national award for planning excellence. The Plymouth Plan was last night recognised as the best approach to plan making practice in the country by the Royal Town Planning Institute – the professional body that represents 23,000 planning professionals worldwide and promotes spatial planning, shapes […]


Timetable for business centre underway

It’s full speed ahead for plans to turn an empty building in Whitleigh into a head-quarters and business centre for the Four Greens Community Trust. Planning permission has now been granted to transform the Whitleigh Care Home into a thriving centre for small businesses and a community space, creating around 60 new jobs in an […]


Making better use of the Guildhall

A new project has been launched to make better use of Plymouth’s Guildhall as part of an ongoing drive to make the most of council-owned buildings. Plymouth City Council has started a soft market test to gauge interest in use of the Guildhall, and is holding a two day event for interested parties. Those who […]


Unsung Plymouth scientist honoured at Langage

Plymouth’s newest employment space is to be named in honour of one of the city’s unsung scientists. Major progress has been made on the construction site which is transforming into over 30,000 feet of high spec factory and workspace at Langage Science Park. The site is to be called Hearder Court in recognition of Jonathan […]


New home for City Coroner

The City’s Coroner has a new home near Derriford Hospital, bringing together a number of services to make it easier for grieving families. Building One at Derriford Business Park opens on Monday 18 May following the refurbishment of the building that will now house a Coroner’s Court, a retiring room for jurors, meeting and interview rooms, […]


Bringing Guildhall boilers up to date and up to the job

Plymouth’s Guildhall is to get new boilers as part of an ongoing programme to make the Council’s buildings more efficient. Old, inefficient oil-fired boilers are to be replaced with gas boilers and the heat they generate will also heat the Council House, once it has been disconnected from the main part of the Civic Centre. […]


Landlords told to tidy up properties

Landlords of untidy properties are being told to smarten their act as part of ongoing enforcement action. Owners of five properties in the Mutley and North Hill areas of the city are this week being served ‘untidy land notices’ in the post. The properties are: 12 Connaught Avenue 14 Connaught Avenue 23 Hill Park Crescent […]


Liner Lookout serving up Plymouth pasty

The original Plymouth Pasty is to be brought back to life for tasting in an historic building that is also being brought back to life. Dave Morrish has opened the newly-restored Liner Lookout on the Hoe as part of the Plymouth Your Space project. And he’s now serving up a recreation of the original pasty from the […]


Emergency repairs to run-down waterfront property

Emergency repairs were carried out by Council building control officers today during an inspection of a prominent run-down property on Plymouth’s Waterfront. Officers had to make good loose lead flashing on the turret of 18 Grand Parade during a survey to assess the condition of the building, which has been the subject of legal action […]


Techies take over the tower to let there be light

The countdown to Smeaton’s Tower lighting up gets underway on Monday 13 April with technicians taking over the tower to begin the installation. The symbol of Britain’s Ocean City will be lit up by the end of the month, if the installation programme goes according to plan. LITE ltd, supported by Hydrock and Hyde Park […]


Plymouth Plan shortlisted for national award

Plymouth’s plan for the future is in the national spotlight after being shortlisted for a prestigious accolade from the Royal Town Planning Institute. The Council has this week learnt its innovative Plymouth Plan is a finalist for the Excellence in Plan Making Practice Award for the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2015. The plan was […]


Developers and companies to draw up plans for skills

Developers setting their sights on Plymouth and companies with large Council contracts will be asked to support the next generation of construction employees through employment and skills plans. Plymouth City Council is the first Council in the region to use both its planning and procurement system to boost the number of people entering the construction […]


Funding for new Four Greens Community Trust given green light

Around 60 new jobs, 22 business units, five new business hubs and three community spaces are now under starter’s orders, thanks to funding worth £1.275 million from the Council. The hard-working members of the Four Greens Community Trust are today celebrating news that the Council’s Investment Board has approved funding to transform the former Whitleigh […]


Key construction figures to attend Building Plymouth summit

Date: Thursday 19 March Time: 1.15pm Place: Reception Room, Council House Developers will be asked to help support the city’s innovative plan to get more people into construction at a summit taking place next week. Plymouth City Council is hosting its Building Plymouth summit and key figures from major construction companies including Kier, Midas, Ryearch […]


Full steam ahead for CCTV and Civic basement work

Plans to keep Plymouth’s shoppers and visitors safer under the watchful eye of a new state-of-the-art CCTV control centre have taken a major step forward. The Council has today announced the contractor who will be responsible for the work, which includes separating the Civic Centre from the Council House as well converting the basement for […]


Symbol of Britain’s Ocean City to be in spotlight?

Plans to light up the Smeaton’s Tower have now been submitted. A planning application for listed building consent to install LED lighting in and around the historic lighthouse together with spotlights from the ground as well as around the balcony has now been submitted. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets said: “I […]


Let there be light – testing for one night

Historic city landmarks will be getting a glimpse of life in the spotlight tonight with trial lighting tests.  Technical trials are taking place at the Mayflower Steps, Mount Batten tower and Charles Cross.  The trials are being carried out to check the effect of the lamps proposed and the intensity of the lighting from the […]


Plymouth young people encouraged to try ‘building’ their future

A city project is encouraging local people and companies to find out more about the increasing career opportunities and work in the construction industry. The free tasters aim to give a realistic feel for the different jobs in the industry and provide practical career advice, apprenticeships and links to employers and jobs. The construction tasters […]


New lease of life for liner lookout

A watch tower overlooking Plymouth Sound is getting a new lease of life, thanks to an exciting, award-winning scheme to entice entrepreneurs with cracking ideas. The ‘Liner Lookout’ stands on Plymouth’s world-famous Hoe and is one of a number of sites in the city centre and on Plymouth’s stunning waterfront being marketed for use under […]


New home for Coroner’s office to improve service

The city’s coroner’s office is to move to a new home near Derriford Hospital as part of a programme to improve the service and make it easier for grieving families. The Coroner’s Service will be leaving the Crescent and moving to Building One at Derriford to new premises which will enable different parts of the […]


Laying the groundwork for new jobs at Langage

Ground work is to get underway to expand the hugely successful Langage Science Park. Plymouth City Council has invested £2.6 million in expanding the science park so that more high-end companies will be able to move in, creating around 80 new jobs. The Council is handing over the 2.5 acre site to the contractors Britcon, […]


New loans for affordable housing in Plymouth

You can now apply for an Affordable Housing Loan if you are a Registered Provider within the Plymouth Housing Development Partnership, Cooperative Housing Groups, or Community Land Trusts. The new initiative was approved at the Full Council meeting on Monday 24 November 2014. Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Cooperatives, Housing and Community Safety, said: […]


Council commit £2m to Plymouth Science Park.

Plymouth Science Park’s plans for growth received a major boost thanks to a significant loan from the Council of just under £2 million.   The Council’s investment board has this week approved a loan of £1.98 million to expand the science park, which is the biggest in the south of England.   The loan will […]


Plymouth smashes Plan for Jobs target

We’ve done it! 2,000 jobs have been created through the city’s ambitious Plan for Jobs. A concerted effort to push projects that have stalled, provide support for business getting off the ground and encourage existing businesses to expand has led to 2,000 new roles in Plymouth – months ahead of target. Council leader Tudor Evans […]


Team appointed to oversee History Centre development

A key appointment has been made to the team that will drive the development of the £21m Plymouth History Centre. Plymouth City Council has appointed consultants Atkins to lead the design of the project, which will see Plymouth’s existing museum and art gallery refurbished and expanded to create a major new attraction. The appointment follows […]


Green light for the Four Greens Community Trust HQ

A former care home in north Plymouth is to get a new lease of life as a thriving headquarters for the new Four Greens Community Trust, heralding a new era of enterprise and opportunity for people in Whitleigh, Ernesettle, Honicknowle, West Park and Manadon.    The empty care home is to be transformed into a […]