Thousands more homes and jobs for Plymouth approved

A major £80 million plan for 5,000 new homes over the next five years which will also create 2,000 construction jobs and training opportunities has been approved by Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet.

The second phase of Plan for Homes, covering 2016 – 2020, was agreed by the Cabinet with 20 new initiatives which will:

  • Help Plymouth address the housing shortage
  • ...

Work to start on Derriford Hospital interchange

Work to upgrade Plymouth’s second busiest bus interchange will get under way this week.

The Derriford Hospital Interchange scheme, which has been developed in partnership with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, will convert the existing one-way bus link through the hospital to allow buses to travel in both directions. It will also create separate taxi and passenger drop-off points and...

Bid for more powers to boost prosperity submitted

Council chiefs and business leaders say they want a ‘devolution revolution’ to boost prosperity in Devon and Somerset.

They have agreed to submit a prospectus to Government that would result in higher productivity and better-paid jobs, improved road, rail and broadband links and more homes for the region’s growing population.

There would be radical reforms to integrate health...

Plymouth City Council to buy Quality Hotel

Plymouth City Council is buying the Quality Hotel and will market the site, with its commanding views of the renowned Hoe and Plymouth Sound, in a bid to attract an international standard hotel.

The Council has exchanged contracts with the owners of the Quality Hotel and a report is going to Cabinet today (12 January) to give the go-ahead to buy the empty property.

The Council...

Universal Credit: What you need to know

The Government’s new Universal Credit comes into effect at the end of this month. The new benefit starts to roll out in Plymouth from 25 January and as a result of this national policy, Plymouth City Council has signed a delivery partnership agreement with the Department of Work and Pension (DWP) to support residents in the claim process. The agreement includes the provision of assisted support...

Real Christmas tree collections in Plymouth

The decorations are down, folks are back to work, resolutions have been made – and broken – now all that’s left of the festive season is a tired old tree.

The Council’s Christmas tree collections start on Monday 11 January and will continue up until Thursday 21 January.

All people have to do is to put the trees out next to their bins or bags on the day their recycling is...

Council leader Tudor Evans awarded an OBE in New Year’s Honours

Councillor Tudor Evans, leader of Plymouth City Council, has been awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours for political service and service to local government.

Councillor Evans said: “This is a big surprise but obviously I’m delighted. It is a great honour for me personally but I always say that I lead a team. What we have achieved in Plymouth is thanks to all my colleagues over the...

Views sought on school admission arrangements

Plymouth City Council is asking people what they think of its proposed admission arrangements for entry to schools in September 2017.

Anyone with an interest in school admissions is invited to make a response to the consultation.

Comments are needed on:

• admission numbers for all schools • key dates in the admissions process • admission arrangements for all of the...

Ocean Studios moves to delivery

Plymouth’s innovative Ocean Studios is to receive a Social Enterprise Investment Fund support package to enable it to complete its construction phase and cement its future as a home for artists.

A delegated decision was signed last week giving the go-ahead to a £300,000 grant to cover unforeseen construction costs.

The Ocean Studios opened its doors in the summer and is already...

Syrian refugee families start new lives in Plymouth

Two Syrian Refugee families will started their new lives in Plymouth yesterday (Tuesday 15 December) as part of a national scheme led by the Home Office, to provide sanctuary to those fleeing conflict.

The families are being accommodated in private sector housing. We are not providing any further details on the families and their location, in order to protect their privacy.