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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 […]


Plymouth City Council to invest £1 million in tackling empty homes

Plymouth City Council is accelerating its work to bring more empty homes in the city back into use. The Council has approved investment of £1 million to bring 375 homes in the city back into use to meet the needs of local people. Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery for Plymouth […]


Demolition of former Whitleigh Community Centre for planned starter homes

Work has started on the demolition of a derelict former community centre with plans for 27 new starter homes on the site. The former Whitleigh Community Centre, which has been disused for the past eight years and is subject to vandalism, is being demolished to help pave the way for new housing. Earlier in the […]


1,200 new homes built in Plymouth last year

There were over 1,200 homes completed in Plymouth last year, the second highest number since 1988/1989.  In the year ending March 2016, a total of 1,244 homes were completed in the city smashing the City Council’s own Plan for Homes target of 1,000 homes a year. Commenting on the figures, Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader […]


Joined up approach by councils to plan for development

Three councils have teamed up to work on a Joint Local Plan to ensure future developments meet the needs of all residents. Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council are working together to prepare the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan. It brings together work that has previously […]


Plymouth’s Plan for Homes wins top planning award

Plymouth City Council’s ‘Plan for Homes’ has won a top regional planning award and has been shortlisted for a national award. Plan for Homes won the overall award in the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence. It has also been shortlisted for an RTPI national award in the category ‘Excellence […]


New homes and jobs for Honicknowle

New homes, jobs and training and a natural play area are among the plans for a derelict former school site in Honicknowle, Plymouth. Thanks to a partnership between Plymouth City Council and Spectrum Housing Group, plans are well underway for the development in Chaucer Way. As well as 137 new homes, £312,000 is being invested […]


Council to consider plan for thousands of homes and jobs

An £80million plan for 5,000 new homes and over 2,000 construction jobs is to be considered by Plymouth City Council. The second phase of Plan for Homes, covering 2016-2021, will be discussed at the Council’s next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 16 February. The Plan includes 20 new initiatives which, if approved, will: Help Plymouth address […]


Plymouth awarded £60,000 to tackle rogue landlords

Plymouth City Council has been awarded £60,000 of Government funding to deal with rogue landlords. The news comes after the council submitted a bid to the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Rogue Landlords Fund. The additional funding will support existing work and enable more to be done with trading standards, voluntary providers supporting tenants, […]


Plymouth to receive £400,000 for new starter homes

Plymouth will be receiving more than £400,000 to help pave the way for new starter homes The Government has announced a grant of £407,825 to help Plymouth City Council prepare the groundwork for 27 starter homes. The national Starter Homes Initiative aims to help young first-time buyers (below 40 years) to purchase a home with […]


Plymouth City Council agrees £1.1m to improve disabled people’s homes

Plymouth City Council has approved more than £1m to improve disabled people’s homes in the city. The total figure agreed under an executive decision – £1,145,000 – means more than 170 homes in Plymouth will have a number of improvements including: Stair lifts level access showers ramps improved wheelchair access accessible kitchens Councillor Tudor Evans, […]


Action on unauthorised encampments

Plymouth City Council does not tolerate unauthorised encampments on public land and has robust processes in place to move them. The process to deal with an unauthorised encampment begins on the first working day after the Council has been made aware of one. Last year, unauthorised encampments were moved on within an average of ten […]


More homes in Plymouth get disabled adaptations

More homes in Plymouth are getting disabled adaptations, including the conversion of two houses into one for a severely disabled teenager. The teenager and their family (who do not want to be named), will move into the latest house which has been adapted at Cherry Tree Gardens, Plymouth on Friday 3 July. Plymouth City Council, […]


More Self-Build homes in the pipeline for Plymouth

A number of new self-build housing projects in Plymouth will move a step closer after funding was approved by Plymouth City Council. The Executive Decision signed by Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Tudor Evans, gives the go-ahead for supporting eight self-build serviced plots on two brownfield sites in the city – one at Lancaster […]


Plymouth is at the forefront of the Self-Build revolution

Plymouth is at the forefront of the self-build housing revolution, with more than 100 custom and self-build homes on city sites in the pipeline, as the Government announces it as a priority. Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, has written to all local authorities informing them that the Government is working […]


Plymouth City Council launches Plan for Social Rent

Plymouth City Council is spearheading a drive to ensure a greater proportion of homes in the city are affordable, with the launch of the new Plan for Social Rent. The Plan for Social Rent outlines six actions the Council will be taking to tackle the issue of lack of affordable housing. These include lobbying the […]


Council gets tough with Compulsory Purchase Order

Plymouth City Council is getting tough on neglected empty homes by using a Compulsory Purchase Order on a property that has been out of use for over a decade. As part of the Council’s new Plan for Empty Homes, the CPO has been granted on the property at 7 Widey Lane, which has been the […]


Plan for Empty Homes launched in Plymouth

Plymouth is launching its new plan to bring empty homes across the city back into use. The Plan for Empty Homes is being launched by Plymouth City Council, with an aim of bringing 200 empty homes in the city back into use by March 2019. It supports the Council’s main Plan for Homes which aims […]


National visit to Plymouth during National Empty Homes Week

Plymouth’s efforts to use empty properties to address housing needs have received national recognition. On Friday 5th December, the Chief Executive of the Empty Homes Agency, Helen Williams, visited Plymouth, as part of National Empty Homes Week. The Empty Homes Agency is currently carrying out research into how more empty commercial properties could be brought back […]


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: […]


Come to the Plymouth Landlord Expo this week

Find out about the latest legislation, network with essential contacts, and hear about the new Charter for Private Rented Housing at an event for landlords this week.   The Annual Landlords Expo takes place at Plymouth Guildhall on Thursday 23 October 2014 from 12pm to 6pm. The event, which has been organised by Westcountry Landlords […]


Plymouth City Council seizes another house in poor condition from landlord

Plymouth City Council has seized control of a house in the city which was in poor condition, taking over from a landlord who failed to act on warnings. It is the second such property in six months the Council has had to take over from a local landlord. The Council issued an Interim Management Order […]