Three sites set for demolition

Several vacant and dilapidated Plymouth buildings are set to make way for over 60 new homes.

Stirling House and Honicknowle Clinic, the former Sure Start Nursery on Ham Green and the former North Prospect Library will all be demolished in preparation of building works beginning in 2019.

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, are already planned for the Stirling House and former surgery at Honicknowle Green.

Following hot-on-the-heels of the celebrated and award winning Nelson Project, Plymouth City Council has again teamed up with partners DCH, Form Design and charity Community Self Build Agency for the scheme.

(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

Councillor Patrick Nicholson joins partners at Stirling House in Honicknowle

Meanwhile, it is proposed that 12 homes will be built at Ham Green with a further six on the site of the former library at Greatlands Place.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “The demolition of these buildings signals our clear intention to provide good quality new homes for people from all walks of life.

“The current buildings at all three sites have reached the end of their useful life so to be able to transform them will be a boost for their respective communities and for the city as a whole.”

The plans for the demolitions and subsequent new builds fit into the council’s award winning Plan for Homes, a cross-party commitment to increase and accelerate housing delivery to build 5,000 new homes over five years, of which at least 30% will be affordable.

So far, the council is on track to meet that target, having supported over 2,980 new homes during the first three years of delivery.