Tag Archives : Devonport


Council leader calls for rethink on leaked plans to cut Devonport ships

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer is calling for the Prime Minister and Defence Secretary to re-think leaked proposals to cut-Devonport based amphibious ships. Councillor Bowyer has written to Theresa May and Michael Fallon MP warning that potential plans to decommission HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark could have a serious impact on the city’s economy. […]


Projects to upgrade three libraries to get underway

Plymouth’s plan to transform and modernise its libraries is getting into gear with funding for the first set of improvement projects now approved. Meeting spaces are to be created in three existing libraries at Crownhill, Devonport and Southway so that the buildings can host a wider range of events to encourage people to use libraries […]


Help and information hub set up for Mount Wise tower block residents

Devonport tower block residents can drop into a multi-agency information hub to get information and updates about fire safety issues. Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue have opened the hub at Devonport Live in 60 George Street to help answer questions in relation to the three tower blocks […]


Residential tower blocks in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council does not manage any residential tower blocks in Plymouth. The Council and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are working with Plymouth Community Homes, who are responsible for the three tower blocks at Mount Wise. For the latest information on the Mount Wise tower blocks visit http://www.plymouthcommunityhomes.co.uk/


Oceansgate reaches new phase two milestone

The UK’s first Marine Enterprise Zone, Oceansgate, has reached the next step in its development as the second area of land has been signed over to Plymouth City Council. Oceansgate occupies a 35 hectare site on the southern edge of Devonport Dockyard, one of the largest naval dockyards in Europe. Work is already ongoing within […]


Vital Sparks marks third anniversary with new bursary awards

Four more Plymouth-based groups have been awarded Vital Sparks bursaries to help realise or kickstart their community arts projects. North Prospect Community Choir, Red Velvet Cinema, Devonport Lifehouse and Mutley Matters will all benefit from funding for their initiatives which include combating isolation, tackling mental ill health and championing community cohesion. Vital Sparks is a […]


Location, location, location: Oceansgate impresses business

T The impressive location as well as business potential of Oceansgate helped create a real buzz at the first business briefing to be held at the key site. Representatives from 40 businesses, including national and international companies, were given a tour of Oceansgate at the site of the former South Yard. Oceansgate is five times […]


City showcases Oceansgate to businesses

Representatives from 40 businesses will be at an event to mark the formal launch of Oceansgate, the first exclusively marine Enterprise Zone in the country. Oceansgate is the new name for South Yard, part of the Devonport Naval Dockyard which covers 35 ha, five times the size of the Royal William Yard. A marketing campaign […]


First phase of Oceansgate now submitted to planners

The first set of buildings to be designed for the city’s Oceansgate have been submitted to planners this week. A front building of offices and two rows of industrial units are planned for the entrance to the site,  which is destined to become a world class hub for marine industries. The two and three-storey buildings […]


Devonport SOUP event to support Plymouth Art Weekender

Our Arts and Heritage Service, Devonport Live and the Real Ideas Organisation have joined forces to support two local artists’ involvement in this year’s Plymouth Art Weekender. The three organisations are holding a ‘SOUP’ event at Devonport Guildhall on the evening of Thursday 14 July. During the event four artists or artists groups will be invited […]


Agents appointed to market Oceansgate across the globe

Property agents have now been signed up to sell South Yard as a major global player in the marine sector. Jones Lang Lasalle has been appointed to market the site at Devonport which has already attracted over 100 expressions of interest from marine businesses wanting to relocate there. The appointment comes as the Council unveils […]


Nathan Sanders (Council Senior Project and Contract Manager), Colin Bower (Managing Director at Docking Solutions Ltd), Edward Hobbs (Infrastructure Engineer at Aecom), Micky Goble (Council Pier Master) and Councillor Coker on the new North Corner Pontoon

Work complete on new North Corner Pontoon

Devonport’s new North Corner Pontoon will be open to the public from Friday 15 January. The historic waterfront feature, which was closed for safety reasons in June 2011, has undergone a complete restoration following a campaign by the local community, MP and ward councillors. Located just off the Cornwall Street beach, it now boasts a […]


Naval collection on the move

Plymouth Central Library’s extensive naval history collection is moving to Devonport Library this weekend. The collection includes books, images, journals and other artefacts and provides a fascinating background to the history of the Royal Navy in Plymouth. It is moving to Devonport ahead of the relocation of the Central Library and eventually being homed in […]


Join the Great British Tennis Weekend celebrations

Devonport Park is joining venues across the country in celebrating the Great British Tennis Weekend tomorrow and on Sunday. Organised by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and our sports development unit, the event will run from 10am until 4pm on both days and there will be loads of activities on offer for people of all […]


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 […]


Reynolds’ links with Devonport explored through ‘Art in the Park’

An outdoor exhibition running in Devonport Park until 26 July is highlighting the work of one of Plymouth’s most famous artists and exploring his links with a part of the city that is often forgotten. ‘Art in the Park’ is an arts and health project organised by ‘One Red Dot’ in association with Community Health […]


People of Plymouth lend a hand at the Big Sort day

  More than 40 people including staff from Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes and members of the public helped sort through the hundreds of bags of donations for families who have been affected by the Clowance Street fire. The volunteers packed into Stirling House in Honicknowle today to start sorting the bedding, clothes and shoes […]


Roar your terrible roars at Devonport Library’s Big Wild Rumpus

Devonport Library is joining The Big Wild Rumpus, a nationwide campaign to celebrate the nation’s love of Maurice Sendak’s book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. Fans young and old will gather at venues across the UK to read the book aloud and unleash their inner wild things at 11am on Saturday 13 June. The gnashing […]


South Yard given Enterprise Zone status

Joint release between Plymouth City Council and Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership Plymouth’s South Yard is to become an Enterprise Zone, making the site even more attractive to businesses. Chancellor George Osborne today announced that the bid put forward by the Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership (HotSW LEP) on […]


Funding boost for South Yard

Plymouth stands to receive a third of the total allocation for the entire region in today’s growth fund announcement. As well as the substantial support for the Forder Valley Link Road, the city has also secured £1.5 million for its exciting South Yard development plans. The fund will help establish the ‘direct development’ of ready-to-go […]


Social Enterprise Fund to help open up ebike shop

A social enterprise will be opening up a new shop in Devonport, thanks to support from the Council’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund.   Bikespace has opened its first shop and will sell electric bikes – or ebikes – as well as refurbished bicycles from its cycle recycling project already based in Devonport.   An empty shop in […]


South Yard outline planning application now submitted

Plymouth City Council has taken the next major step in transforming areas of South Yard into a dynamic new centre for the south west’s marine sector that is expected to bring with it 1,200 jobs.   With the submission of the outline planning application, the City Deal team has drawn up the broad framework for […]


New Devonport pontoon to be installed in the Spring

Work on the North Corner pontoon in Devonport is to begin early in the new year and is due to be completed by the Spring. Plymouth City Council has given the go-ahead for a £280,000 scheme to replace the landing stage, pontoon and struts after a campaign by local people and ward councillors. For many […]


Pirate fun at Devonport Library

Families are being invited to get into nautical fancy dress for a day of fun pirate capers at Devonport Library on Saturday 4 October. Hosted in partnership with the River Tamar Project and supported by Working Links, the Pirate Day is one of the highlights of the It’s All About the River film festival, running […]


Demolition work marks start of regeneration work

Demolition work has started in Devonport  to make way for a new housing development. Councillors and representatives from Linden Homes and DCH came together for a photo at the demolition event which marks the start of work on ‘Emerge’, a new housing development being created by Linden Homes and DCH. The redevelopment marks the last significant phase […]


Devonport in the running for regeneration award

Devonport has been shortlisted for a prestigious international regeneration award. Judges from The Academy of Urbanism will be touring Devonport on Thursday 7 August to see for themselves the amazing transformation of an area that is one of only three places in the country to be nominated for the ‘Great Neighbourhood Award’ in the Academy’s […]


Plymouth welcomes His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales

Plymouth was very pleased to welcome His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, to the Royal William Yard today (Tuesday 15th July). The visit took place to mark the 100th anniversary of the joining together of the neighbouring towns of Plymouth, Devonport and East Stonehouse. The ‘Three Towns’ as they are known, were formally merged in 1914 […]


Raid on suspected suppliers of illegal tobacco

A raid was carried out by Trading Standards in Plymouth on Friday 4 July 2014 of a suspected supplier of illegal tobacco, but none was found. The raid took place in Devonport and come as a new campaign across the whole South West region is launched to make the public aware of the dangers of […]


Devonport Community Focus Week 7-12 July 2014

Fire safety and crime prevention will be among the subjects covered as part of a Community Focus Week in the Devonport area. Throughout the week from Monday 7 July to Saturday 12 July events will be taking place around the area to raise awareness of a range of community safety issues and information about local […]


Dispersal order in Devonport to tackle anti-social behaviour

A dispersal order designed to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Devonport will come into effect in June. The order was requested by the police and signed this week as a delegated decision by the Council’s Cabinet Member for Cooperatives and Community Development, Cllr Chris Penberthy. The order will be in place round the clock from […]