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North Plymouth next on Council's growth list

Plymouth City Council continues to deliver on its commitment to get the city building and stimulate growth for jobs with another announcement signalling the start of major development in the north of the city.

The Council has approved a report to trigger the start of massive new developments at Derriford to build 3,000 new homes and expand jobs growth by 8,000 by 2026.

Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of the Council explains: "Developing the north of the city is crucial to securing the future of Plymouth. It's an area that has fantastic potential and we need to start delivering on our plans now if we are to secure new economic growth and prosperity for the city."

It has been agreed that council officials should start a public procurement process to find a suitably-experienced developer to take forward ambitious plans for an exciting new commercial district centre to serve the north of the city, as detailed in the Derriford and Seaton Area Action Plan.

Councillor Evans said: "We want the retail elements of this district centre development to be completed by 2016 – that's incredibly ambitious. To achieve it, we must find an equally ambitious and innovative developer to turn our plans into reality on the ground. This is a unique opportunity that will create many new jobs of all types, new homes, and new shopping and community buildings on a highly-accessible site available to everyone living and working in northern Plymouth."

The proposed Derriford district centre will be set in almost 12 acres of vacant land adjoining the Future Inn in Tavistock Road. It is likely to include a large new food store with high street retail shops, restaurants, houses, apartments and student flats, a new district library, community centre and health centre, and a pub/hotel.

The Council is specifying that the development must be based on a high street design with relatively few large shops so that it will not draw retailers or business away from the city centre. However, the scheme will be large enough to serve as a proper focus for the area and will be able to compete with other district centres.

The proposed site in Derriford came into Council ownership in September 2011, when the South West Regional Development Agency transferred assets ahead of its closure. These included the Plymouth Medical and Technology Park at Derriford, the Royal William Yard and other smaller commercial assets in the city.

Interested developers will be asked to take part in a competitive dialogue tendering exercise, details of which will be published soon. This decision is subject to call-in by Scrutiny.

12 March 2013