Central Park Area Action Plan

Our vision for Central Park is to create an outstanding venue of regional and national significance for active recreation, health, art, education culture and the environment, which will provide state of the art facilities for the people of Plymouth and the sub-region.

This Area Action Plan will set out land use policies and proposals to create the Life Centre; to make park improvements; to improve connections between the park and surrounding neighbourhoods and to provide an improved transport interchange.

Vision diagram

This diagram supersedes the Core Strategy Central Park vision diagram, by clarifying the boundary of the Life Centre, showing Plymouth Argyle's Home Park development, amending proposed new allotment site and reducing the amount of residential-led mixed use development.

The Central Park Area Action Plan was adopted by Full Council on 22 September 2008.

 

The Central Park Area Action Plan was adopted by Full Council on 22 September 2008.

 Chapters 1 to 5 [PDF, 1.6MB]

 Chapters 6 to 11 [PDF, 2.8MB]

 Proposals map [PDF, 1.4MB]

 Environmental statement [PDF, 62.4KB]

 Adoption statement [PDF, 20.5KB]

 Inspector's report [PDF, 77.7KB]

 Letter from the Planning Inspectorate [PDF, 39.9KB]

The Central Park Area Action Plan was submitted along with its submitted sustainability appraisal to the Secretary of State on 20 December 2007.

A period for making representation on the soundness of this plan began on 16 January 2008 and ran until 27 February 2008. This wasn't a consultation stage with us, but an opportunity for people to inform the independent planning inspector whether they thought this was the best and most appropriate plan.

Representations to the plan and the Council's responses can be viewed on our consultation portal (Central Park).

All comments were considered by the Inspector at the public examination which was held on 4 June 2008 at the Jury's Inn, Exeter Street, Plymouth. The draft programme of issues for the examination, set out by the Inspector, can be viewed in the 'Programme of issues for examination' document below.

Those who appeared at the examination were given the opportunity to submit further statements and these together with our statements can be downloaded below.

The Inspector had arranged a separate session to hear the statement of one person who couldn't make the main examination day. This separate session took place on Tuesday 3 June 2008 (the day before the main examination day). For more information see the 'Programme Officer's announcement extra session' document below.

Examination process

 Programme of issues for examination [PDF, 23KB]

 Programme Officer's note [PDF, 55KB]
Location and procedural advice note for the examination

 Programme Officer's announcement extra session [PDF,49.6KB]
Details of separate examination session to take place on 3 June 2008

Participant statements

 Statement: W Adams (part 1) [PDF, 1.8MB]

 Statement: W Adams (part 2) [PDF, 1.8MB]

 Statement: W Adams (part 3) [PDF, 1.8MB]

 Statement: Mr F Allen [PDF, 53KB]

 Statement: Colin C Kilvington (part 1) [PDF, 1.4MB]

 Statement: Colin C Kilvington (part 2) [PDF, 1.7MB]

 Statement: Adriana Munoz-Cordova [PDF, 40KB]

 Statement: Pat Robinson [PDF, 101KB]

 Statement: Mrs ME Swartridge (part 1) [PDF, 1.8MB]

 Statement: Mrs ME Swartridge (part 2) [PDF, 79KB]

 Statement: Caroline Harkink [PDF, 1.2MB]

 Statement: The Friends of Central Park [PDF, 509KB]

Council statements

 Council statement 1 [PDF, 54KB]
Whether policy/proposal CP1 proposes a level of development that would be inconsistent with the park's primary function, and inconsistent with Government guidance on the protection of green spaces? Is it deliverable within the timescale set down in the Area Action Plan?

 Council statement 2 [PDF, 50KB]
Whether proposals CP2, CP5 and CP6 are the most appropriate in all the circumstances?

 Appendix 1 to statement 2 [PDF, 2MB]
Map of Home Park land sale and extent of CP2

 Council statement 3 [PDF, 30KB]
Whether polices/proposals CP5 and CP6 are consistent with the government guidance and the Core Strategy in not providing for a proportion of affordable housing?

 Appendix 1 [PDF, 5.7MB]
Life Centre draft project plan

 Appendix 2 [PDF, 1.1MB]
Cabinet report of 18 December 2007 on the Life Centre

To view the plan/comment on the plan

You can view the submitted plan, comments made by yourself and others and the Strategic Environmental Assessment/Sustainability Appraisal report on our consultation portal.

Submitted plan

 Pages 1 to 40 [PDF, 406KB]

 Movement framework diagram [PDF, 1.68MB]

 Open space diagram [PDF, 1.56MB]

 Pages 43 to 47 [PDF, 556KB]

 Pages 48 to 67 [PDF, 1.9MB]

 How to tell the Planning Inspector what you think about it [PDF, 1.56MB]

 Response form A: Help us get it right [PDF, 47.6KB]

 Response form B: Representation form [PDF, 22.3KB]

Supporting Strategic Environmental Assessment/Sustainability Assessment

 Sustainability Appraisal [PDF, 1.2MB]

 Sustainability Appraisal non-technical summary [PDF, 185.8KB]

 Strategic Environmental Assessment/Sustainability Assessment response form [PDF, 32.2KB]

 Equality Impact Assessment [PDF, 30KB]

Regulation 28 statement procedural documents

 Statement of availability [PDF, 23.9KB]

 Statement of proposal matters [PDF, 15.3KB]

 Introduction and appendices [PDF, 45.7KB]

 List of consultees [PDF, 23KB]

 Issues and options documents [PDF, 1MB]

 Issues and options consultation [PDF, 1.85MB]

 Issues and options consultation responses [PDF, 35.6KB]

 Preferred options documents [PDF, 166KB]

 Preferred options response form [PDF, 1.36MB]

 Preferred options [PDF, 1.46MB]

 Statement of availability [PDF, 40KB]

 Press advert and consultee letter [PDF, 237KB]

 Preferred options leaflet [PDF, 734KB]

 Summary report of consultation [PDF, 675KB]

Evidence base

In preparing Plymouth's Local Development Framework there are a number of studies that have been undertaken that provide the evidence base.

 Central Park Action Plan

 Evening Herald articles

 Central Park Life Centre Business Case

 A Vision for Plymouth

 Destination Central Park Strategic Development Brief

 Community Planning Study: Drake

 Community Planning Study: Trelawny

 Plymouth Sustainable Neighbourhood Assessment: Beacon Park and Pennycross

 Plymouth Sustainable Neighbourhood Assessment: Mutley and Greenbank

 Plymouth Sustainable Neighbourhood Assessment: North Prospect

 Plymouth Sustainable Neighbourhood Assessment: Peverell

 Plymouth Sustainable Neighbourhood Assessment: Stoke

 Our City's Health

 Active People Survey

 Plymouth Swimming Facilities Strategy

 Extended Phase One Habitat Survey of Central Park

 Local Transport Plan

 Playing Pitch Strategy

 Peverell Park Road/Outland Road Corner Valuation Report

 Pennycomequick Valuation Report

 Milehouse Junction Traffic Modelling Study

 Life Centre Analysis of Need

The following documents also form part of the evidence base but are too large to put onto our website. If you require a CD version of any of these documents please contact us using the contact information above.

  • Urban Capacity Study
  • Greenspace Assessment (Land Use Consultants)
  • Central Park Historic Landscape Assessment (Alan Baxter Associates)
  • City of Plymouth Sports Plan

The Central Park Area Action Plan preferred options has been produced as part of the second stage of preparing Plymouth's Local Development Framework (LDF). It builds on the earlier issues and options consultation stage (Spring 2005).

The preferred options report sets out for consultation for proposed policy directions, and highlights alternatives where appropriate. The report will be a material consideration in the development control process.

Where there's a conflict between the preferred policy direction set out in this report and the provisions of Plymouth's First Deposit Local Plan, this report will take precedence.

There's also a sustainability appraisal which accompanies this document.

Preferred options reports

 Preferred options report [PDF, 1.5MB]

 Update (March 2007) [PDF, 12KB]

 Preferred options response summary [PDF, 335KB]

Evidence base

In preparing Plymouth's Local Development Framework there are a number of studies that have been undertaken that provide the evidence base.

 Central Park Action Plan

 Central Park Evening Herald articles

 Central Park Life Centre Business Case

 A Vision for Plymouth

 Destination Central Park Strategic Development Brief

 Community Planning Study: Drake

 Community Planning Study: Trelawny

 Beacon Park and Pennycross Sustainable Neighbourhood Assessment

 Mutley and Greenbank Sustainable Neighbourhood Assessment

 North Prospect Sustainable Neighbourhood Assessment

 Peverell Sustainable Neighbourhood Assessment

 Stoke Sustainable Neighbourhood Assessment

The following documents also form part of the evidence base but are too large to put onto our website. If you require a CD version of any of these documents please contact us using the contact information above.

  • Urban Capacity Study
  • Greenspace Strategy
  • Central Park Historic Landscape Assessment

This document has been produced as a part of the first stage in preparing Plymouth's Local Development Framework (LDF) and is accompanied by a preliminary Sustainability Appraisal.

 Core Strategy Area Action Plan: Central Park [PDF, 1.2MB]

 Report summarising consultation responses [PDF, 21KB]

The Government's aim is to create high quality towns and cities which people can be proud to live in. They must be attractive, clean, safe and well cared for, combining vitality and interest with practicality, sensitivity to the environment and continuity with the past. They must be well designed and planned, and to make the best use of previously developed land and buildings.

The Urban White Paper - Our Towns and Cities of the future 2000

We've prepared this planning and design brief as a result of the proposed disposal of this site. This document will be treated as a material consideration in the decision-making process. It is anticipated that it will be subject to full and proper public consultation, prior to being formally adopted, thereby giving it greater weight. The brief has been prepared within the context of the strategic design approach for the city. This is set out within our Local Plan 1995 to 2011 (First Deposit 2001) and includes the key urban design principles that will govern the design of new development in the future. These will be reproduced in the emerging Local Development Framework that will eventually replace the Local Plan.

Purpose of the brief

The aim of the design brief is to identify and established the main planning, urban design and conservation issues related to the site, that need to be considered by developers, when preparing schemes for re-development of the site. It communicates guiding principles for the development, taking into account the wider context, and will set out key constraints, and specific requirements.

 Alma Road Planning and Design Brief [PDF, 233KB]

 Appendices [PDF, 1.4MB]