Tag Archives : housing


Council helps turn more empty spaces into homes

Vacant space above an Indian takeaway in Albert Road that has been empty for seven years to be converted into four new flats Property in Julian Street transformed thanks to financial help from the Council Plymouth City Council has helped turn more long term empty properties in the city into homes, including vacant space above […]


Stalled development sites ready for construction

Building is set to begin on two stalled development sites in Plymouth. Land at the northern end of Prince Maurice Road in Lipson and the site of the former Whitleigh Community Centre will now provide the city with a total of 126 new homes. Development at both sites had stalled before the Council stepped in […]


New Plan for Homes announced

Five thousand new homes will be built in Plymouth over the next five years. That is the ambition of Plan for Homes 3, the latest housing strategy from Plymouth City Council. By supporting a variety of new and affordable housing to tackle housing needs and homelessness whilst addressing existing poor housing conditions, the plan sets […]


New powers used to improve life for tenants

A Plymouth landlord could end up £7,500 out of pocket for failing to install a handrail. Plymouth City Council has sent a formal ‘Notice of Intent’ to the owners of a Peverell property warning a civil penalty notice could be issued for failing to comply with an Improvement Notice. The Council has this week served […]


First look at Stirling Project designs

The first designs for Stirling Project have been released. Based on the site of a former residential care home Honicknowle Green, the Stirling Project is a proposed development of 25 self-contained affordable homes to rent. Taking inspiration from the successful Nelson Project, it is hoped that 12 of the proposed homes will be self-built by […]

The first look at how the Stirling Project could look. Credit: Form Design

(l-r) For Westward, Development Manager Chris Duggan and Assistant Director of Development Neil Edwards join Councillor Chris Penberthy at the site on Ham Green Lane

Council backs bungalow scheme

A new Council initiative will see the first bungalows built in Plymouth for a number of years. Five new bungalows will be built on the site of the former Sure Start Centre on Ham Green Lane, as part of the council’s commitment to improve housing across the city. In partnership with Westward, this 100 per […]


Cameras help tackle anti social behaviour

Levels of anti-social behaviour have fallen in a city neighbourhood after CCTV cameras were installed. Footage from the cameras around Whitleigh Green has been used by housing association Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) and the police to crack down on crime locally. PCH and Plymouth City Council have jointly paid for the cameras, which were installed […]


(l-r): Paul Nicholls, Gilpin Demolition; Michael Hourican, New Business Manager for LiveWest; Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for Finance; Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing; Councillor Pauline Murphy, Armed Forces Covenant Chair; Sandy South, Project Manager for the Community Self Build Agency and Alex South, Operations Director of the Community Self Build Agency.

Demolition of Stirling House begins

Work on Plymouth’s latest service veteran self-build project has taken a significant step forward. Demolition work has started at Stirling House on Honicknowle Green to make way for a proposed new housing development where over half of the 25 homes will be for service veteran self-builders. There will also be housing for local families. Following […]


It’s a gem! Empty space above Plymouth jewellers converted into homes

The upstairs of a Plymouth jewellers is being brought into use after being empty for five years. With support from Plymouth City Council, the upstairs first and second floors of Warren James jewellers are being converted into three flats working with leaseholders the Parman Group Ltd. It’s all part of the Council’s work to bring […]


Artist's impression of new St Budeaux Library (exterior)

New library and homes for St Budeaux

Planning permission has been granted for a brand new library and 24 new homes in St Budeaux.  The go-ahead means redevelopment work can now get underway at the site of the current library in Victoria Road, in the heart of the neighbourhood. As well as a more modern and welcoming library, the environmentally friendly building […]


Work begins on serviced self-build plots

Work has started to turn an unused patch of land in Ernesettle into a self-builders’ blank canvas. The former site of garages at the end of Maidstone Place is being transformed into four serviced plots to make it easier, quicker and cheaper for a self-builder to put a spade in the ground. Plymouth City Council […]


(l-r): Rebecca Millman, Aster Group Project Manager; Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet member for Housing and Transport, and Kevin Baulf, Aster Group Sales Manager at the nearly completed site in Plymstock

Rowans site nears completion

A new affordable housing development on the site of the former Downham Special School is nearing completion. Named the Rowans and located off Horn Lane in Plymstock, the development features 28 new homes of which 14 are affordable. Following Downham’s move to Estover in 2012, the school was subsequently demolished and the 0.54 ha site […]


New libraries, new homes, new chapter for St Budeaux

A library fit for the 21st century, new homes and somewhere to get advice on how to keep healthy – that’s all part of the plan for an exciting new development in the heart of St Budeaux. We are working in partnership with a developer to transform the half-acre site of the old library on […]


Plymouth celebrates empty homes success so far

Plymouth City Council is celebrating the success of its ongoing empty homes work as four more properties, which between them had been empty for more than 33 years, become available again. In November the Council reported that three derelict homes were being sold at auction. Four months have passed since the auction at Shobrook & […]


Council leader unveils £146 million Homes for Plymouth plan

Plymouth City Council leader Ian Bowyer has unveiled a radical 10-year plan to boost the creation of new homes in the city. Councillor Bowyer announced the Homes for Plymouth plan during his annual budget speech, saying it would help address the challenges many Plymouth residents have in finding an affordable home by delivering around 1,000 […]


100th home helped with new initiative

A new initiative designed to help people cut their heating bills and save the planet has just helped its 100th Plymouth household. The Climate Active Neighbourhoods project has been targeting homeowners and private tenants in Ham, St Budeaux and Devonport. Advisors visit people in their homes to give free advice and practical support, installing energy-saving devices […]


Clarification on rehousing tenants in North Prospect

Some national newspapers have run stories suggesting that Plymouth City Council is responsible for finding new homes for residents living in parts of North Prospect about to undergo regeneration. This is not the case as Plymouth Community Homes is responsible for relocating affected tenants and homeowners. Plymouth City Council is working in partnership with Plymouth […]


Joint Local Plan public examination continues this week

The economy, employment land, retail development and the three strategic growth areas of Plymouth are being discussed at the ongoing public examination into the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan. Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council submitted the draft plan to the Secretary of State in July […]


Owner breathes new life into derelict former post office with help from Council

A Plymouth resident is breathing new life into the old post office he used to buy sweets from as a child and turning it into two new homes with help from the Council. The old post office at The Quay in Oreston has been empty for over 20 years but Steve Cooke is rebuilding the […]


Council gets tough on eyesore empty properties in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council is getting tough on eyesore empty homes in the city with a compulsory purchase order and an untidy land notice in the same week. As part of the ongoing #EmptyHomesPlym campaign a house that has been empty for more than 20 years is being sold and another that is overgrown is also […]


Empty home trashed by former tenants given a new lease of life thanks to Council help

A long term empty property in Plymouth that was trashed by former tenants has been brought back into use with help from Plymouth City Council. Brian and Vivien Packer were contacted by the Council as part of its ongoing work to bring more than 700 empty homes in the city back into use. Mr and […]


Plymouth City Council welcomes tougher action on empty homes

Tougher action on long term empty home owners is among the measures announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequor, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond this week. The announcement of an increase in council tax for landlords who allow properties to remain empty has been welcomed by Plymouth City Council, which is working hard to tackle […]


(l-r) Mike Houican, Strategic Development Manager for DCH, Graham Lobb, Director of Form Design, Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council and Norman Biddle, Chairman of the Community Self Build Association at the Stirling House site on Honicknowle Green

Stirling picks up where Nelson left off

A former residential home in Honicknowle has been earmarked for Plymouth’s newest veteran self-build project. Stirling House on Honicknowle Green will be demolished and planned in its place are a number of self-build housing opportunities for former service families as well as single veterans in housing need, alongside other homes for sale and rent. Following […]


Three long-term empty properties sold at auction as Plymouth cracks down on empty homes

  As part of Plymouth City Council’s ongoing work to bring empty homes in the city back into use, the council is pleased to announce that three long term empty properties were sold at auction last week via Shobrook auctioneers. The Council recently launched the #EmptyHomesPlym campaign as part of a drive to bring some […]


Own an empty home in Plymouth? You could get up to £50,000 to help bring it back into use

Owners of empty homes in Plymouth are being urged to take advantage of a new scheme that provides up to £50,000 support to breathe new life into their properties. As Empty Homes Week (16 – 22 October) gets underway, Plymouth City Council is encouraging owners of some of the estimated 750 empty homes in the […]


Keeping the city as green as possible

Huge efforts have been made to strike an appropriate balance between the need for growth, setting aside sites for employment to create jobs and much-needed new homes, while making sure there is enough green space in and around all the neighbourhoods across the city. Thousands of hectares of green space will enjoy protection from development […]


New pedestrian and cycling bridge for Billacombe Road

Plans for a pedestrian and cycling bridge over Billacombe Road are being brought forward, thanks to advance funding from the Council. The developer of the Saltram Meadow estate is required to fund the bridge as part of its Section 106 agreement but the money is not due until phase two is complete – which could […]


Student accommodation in Plymouth to be restricted

Plymouth City Council is going to take a more stringent approach to planning applications for student accommodation in the future. At the Full Council meeting on Monday 21 November Leader Councillor Ian Bowyer announced that as the number of student flats either currently being built or that have already been granted planning permission – combined […]


Tracey and Nick from Plymouth City Council named among top 30 in housing nationally

Two people from Plymouth City Council have both been listed in the top 30 most influential people in the country for local government housing. Top trade publication Inside Housing named Tracey Lee, Chief Executive and Nick Carter, Housing Delivery Manager, among their most influential. The feature in Inside Housing states: “Tracey Lee is proudest of […]