City Centre and University Area Action Plan

Our vision for the city centre and university area is to create a lively and vibrant mixed use regional centre which provides high quality regional shopping, together with a range of facilities for living, working and recreation - both by day and night.

This Area Action Plan sets out land use policies and proposals to create a real 'downtown' centre that offers residents and visitors 24-hour life, with specialised shops, restaurants and pubs alongside a choice of entertainment and culture; and to improve connections with adjacent areas.

Vision diagram

Where we are

The City Centre and University Area Action Plan was formally adopted by Full Council on 26 April 2010.

 

The City Centre and University Area Action Plan was adopted by Full Council on 26 April 2010.

 Adopted [PDF, 8MB]

 Proposals map [PDF, 2MB]

 Environmental statement [PDF, 42KB]

 Adoption statement [PDF, 18KB]

 Inspector's report [PDF, 478KB]

 Annex 2 [PDF, 90KB]

 Letter from the Planning Inspectorate [PDF, 388KB]

The City Centre and University Area Action Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State on 30 October 2009 and is now subject to a public examination by an independent inspector. This page provides updates on the progress of the examination, and links to relevant documents and guidance.

Mr Douglas Machin BSC DipTP MRTPI of the Planning Inspectorate has been appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct the examination into the compliance and soundness of the Area Action Plan. The inspector has published his guidance notes, which can be downloaded below.

Examination hearings

The formal hearings opened on Tuesday 26 January 2010 at 10am, at The Council House, Civic Centre, Plymouth, and will continue on:

  • Monday 1 February 2010 from 10am to 12.30pm in the Reception Room, First Floor (above main entrance), Council House, Civic Centre, Plymouth, and
  • Tuesday 2 February 2010 from 10am to 12 noon in the Warspite Room, Council House, Civic Centre, Plymouth

More details are contained in the Inspector's guidance note below. The Inspector's programme for the hearings can be downloaded below.

Participants' statements

The statements produced by participants in the hearings, including the Council, can be viewed and downloaded from the hearing statements section below.

Pre-hearing meeting

The pre-hearing meeting took place on 15 December 2009 at 11am in the Frobisher Room, Council House, Civic Centre, Plymouth PL1 2AA.

Programme Officer

All examination correspondence should be addressed to the Programme Officer, who is independent of the Council and reports directly to the Inspector, c/o Development Planning, Planning Services, Department of Development, Plymouth City Council, Civic Centre, Plymouth PL1 2EW. Telephone 07803 512803 or email programmeofficer@plymouth.gov.uk.

Helpful documents

You may find the information below and produced by the Planning Inspectorate useful sources of information about compliance and soundness and the examination process in general:

 Inspector's note [PDF, 42KB]

 Brief guide to examining Development Plan Documents (Planning Inspectorate)

 Soundness guide for examining Development Plan Documents: Provides guidance to Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) and all those involved in the Development Plan Document (DPD) examination process (Planning Inspectorate)

 Inspector's programme for the hearings [PDF, 24KB]

The hearing statements for the City Centre and University Area Action Plan examination which is being held at 10am on 26 January 2010, The Council House, Civic Centre, Plymouth can be downloaded below:

 Response: Councillor Sue McDonald (CCAAP/McDonald 01) [PDF, 26KB]

 Response: Plymouth Labour Group (CCAAP/PLG 01) [PDF, 20KB]

 Response: Stonehouse Residents Association (CCAAP/SRA 01) [PDF, 32KB

 Response: Dr Michele Kiernan (CCAAP/Kiernan 01) [PDF, 11KB]

 Response: Plymouth Civic Society (CCAAP/PCS 01) [PDF, 11.7KB]

 Response: RC Sroka (CCAAP/Sroka 01) [PDF, 18KB]

 Response: English Heritage, Matter 2 (CCAAP/EH 01) [PDF, 19KB]

 Response: English Heritage, Matter 3 (CCAAP/EH 02) [PDF, 21KB]

 Response: English Heritage, Matter 3 (CCAAP/EH 03) [PDF, 14KB]

 Response: English Heritage, Matter 3 (CCAAP/EH 04) [PDF, 13KB]

 Statement 1: Does the AAP contain sufficient explanation of how the preferred approach is arrived at? [PDF, 24KB]

 Statement 2: What is the evidence to justify a relaxation on some sites for a requirement of at least 30 per cent affordable housing? [PDF, 42KB]

 Statement 3: Does the AAP justify its encouragement for more intensive development in relation to the impact on townscape and heritage assets? How will more intensive development affect the key attributes of the Abercrombie Plan and the existing city centre? [PDF, 53KB]

 Statement 4: Should the AAP examine how its policies/proposals relate to areas adjacent to the city centre, especially the boulevard planned for Millbay, the outstanding recreational value of The Hoe and Plymouth Sound, and historic buildings and street pattern of the Barbican? [PDF, 26KB]

 Statement 5: Does the AAP contain sufficient guidance on what improvements to the public realm and circulation areas are expected? [PDF, 29KB]

 Statement 6: Are the diagrams and proposals map sufficiently clear? [v1MB]

 Statement 7: Should the policies/proposals contain more detail in relation to the housing numbers expected, including affordable housing and student accommodation [PDF, 90KB]

 Statement 8: Does Policy CC18 need to have more detailed guidance on the form of development expected? Should not the Council's proposal to relocate the Civic Centre and Council House be included in CC18? [PDF, 30KB]

 Statement 9: Is there sufficient detail on the CHP? [PDF, 27KB]

 Statement 10: Does the AAP bring together the plans and proposals of all relevant bodies to achieve implementation? Are any implications of any delay in delivering key projects sufficiently identified and accounted for? [PDF, 42KB]

 Statement of common ground between Plymouth City Council and Natural England (PCC CC&UAAP 09) [PDF, 17KB]

 Statement of common ground between Plymouth City Council and English Heritage [PDF, 42KB]

 Response to supplementary information requested by the Inspector regarding affordable housing [PDF, 23KB]

 Amalgamated schedule of suggested changes part 1: Proposals map [PDF, 3MB]

 Amalgamated schedule of suggested changes part 2: Table of changes [PDF, 77KB]

 Amalgamated schedule of suggested changes part 3: Regional destination diagram [PDF, 366KB]

 Amalgamated schedule of suggested changes part 4: City Centre and University Area Action Plan vision diagram [PDF, 1.7MB]

As part of Plymouth's Local Development Framework (LDF), we submitted the City Centre and University Area Action Plan to the Secretary of State on 30 October 2009.

This followed a six week consultation period on the pre-submission draft Area Action Plan which took place between August and September 2009. The Area Action Plan will now be subject to a public examination by an independent Planning Inspector. Copies of all the representations made during the pre-submission consultation have been sent to the Planning Inspectorate

The City Centre and University Area Action Plan may be viewed below or during normal office hours at Ballard House, Windsor House, local libraries and housing offices. Our evidence base documents can be viewed during normal office hours at Ballard House.

Regulation 30 statement

You may like to look at the Regulation 30 statement below which shows what consultation has taken place so far.

Evidence base

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

 First Deposit Local Plan

 A Vision for Plymouth

 City Centre and University: Issues and options

 Summary report of responses to issues and options consultation

 Local Transport Plan

 Awakening the West End

 Plymouth College of Art and Design Framework

 Core Strategy: Adopted

 The Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008

 GOV.UK: Planning Policy Statement 12, Local Spatial Planning

 Plymouth City Centre Precinct

 Plymouth City Centre Future Direction Investment and Development Strategy

 City Centre and University: Issues and preferred options consultation document

 City Centre and University Area Action Plan: Pre-submission

 North Cross Urban Framework

 Local Development Scheme

 City Centre and University Area Action Plan: Issues and options

 Plymouth City Centre and Derriford Sustainable Energy Studies

 City Centre and University: Pre-submission

 City Centre Transport Strategy

 Plymouth Waterfront Characterisation Study

The following documents also form part of the evidence base but are too large to put onto our website or are only available as paper copies. If you require a CD version or paper copy of any of these documents please contact us.

  • City Centre Precinct Urban Design Framework
  • Plymouth Planned: The Architecture of the Plan for Plymouth 1943 to 1962 (Jeremy Gould)
  • Plymouth University Strategic Development Plan (Nicholas Burwell Architects)

Area Action Plan documents

 City Centre and University Area Action Plan: Submitted [PDF, 2MB]

The pre-submission City Centre and University Area Action Plan was published for a six week consultation between 18 August and 29 September 2009.

 Part 1 [PDF, 1.8MB]

 Part 2 [PDF, 1.8MB]

Below is a leaflet highlighting some of the main changes that were made to the plan since the issues and preferred options consultation in 2008.

 The future of the city centre [PDF, 705KB]

We produced the issues and preferred options consultation document as part of Plymouth's Local Development Framework (LDF). It builds on the earlier issues and options consultation stage (Spring 2005).

As part of the issues and preferred options stage we held a six week consultation period from the 3 November until 15 December 2008. We've produced a summary report of all the comments made during the consultation period which can be downloaded below.

 Issues and preferred options, consultation summary report (March 2009) [PDF, 1.5MB]

We'd like to provide another opportunity for you to put forward your thoughts about the city centre and university area. We've produced a newsletter which contains the latest update on the city centre:

 Local Development Framework newsletter: City Centre and University [PDF, 2.4MB]

Evidence base

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

 First Deposit Local Plan

 A Vision for Plymouth

 City Centre and University Area Action Plan: Issues and options report

 Summary report of responses to issues and options consultation

 Awakening the West End

 Plymouth College of Art and Design Framework

 Plymouth City Centre Precinct

 Plymouth City Centre Future Direction Investment and Development Strategy

 North Cross Urban Framework

 Plymouth Waterfront Characterisation Study

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.

  • City Centre Precinct Urban Design Framework
  • Plymouth University Strategic Development Plan (Nicholas Burwell Architects)

There are also a number of documents which contain information about Plymouth, which have contributed to the development of the consultation document. These can be viewed on our evidence base page.

 Issues and preferred options consultation document [PDF, 1.2MB]

 Issues and preferred options consultation leaflet [PDF, 1.1MB]

 Issues and preferred options sustainability appraisal [PDF, 456KB]

 Issues and preferred options equality impact assessment [PDF, 73KB]

This document has been produced as a part of the first stage in preparing Plymouths new Local Development Framework (LDF).

This document is accompanied by a preliminary Sustainability Appraisal.

 Core Strategy Area Action Plan: City Centre [PDF, 1MB]

 Report summarising consultation responses [PDF, 23KB]

Regulation 30 sets out the rules the Council has to follow in its Local Development Framework consultations. Below are details of the City Centre and University Area Action Plan consultation.

 Statement of consultation [PDF, 85KB]

 Appendix A [PDF, 45KB]
List of bodies consulted

 Appendix B [PDF, 1MB]
Issues and options document, preliminary Sustainability Appraisal, consultation response form, notice of proposal matters, statement of availability

 Appendix C [PDF, 2MB]
Letter of notification sent to consultees at issues and options stage, press advertisement for issues and options consultation, list of invitees to Local Development Framework launch event 23 February 2004, invitations letter sent to key stakeholders

 Appendix D [PDF, 26KB]
Report summarising consultation responses to issues and options document

 Appendix E [PDF, 2MB]
Issues and preferred options document, Sustainability Appraisal, Equality Impact Assessment, consultation response form, sustainability response form

 Appendix F (part 1) [PDF, 937KB]
Press advertisement for issues and preferred options in Evening Herald, sample City Centre and consultation posters

 Appendix F (part 2) [PDF, 12MB]
Window vinyl placed in 'Virgin shop'

 Appendix F (part 3) [PDF, 809KB]
Plymouth Medical newsletter, 'Talk Shop' advert, 'City centre the focus of big discussion' Council press release, consultation plans photo

 Appendix F (part 4) [PDF, 2MB]
Local Development Framework newsletter November 2008, LDF newsletter January 2009

 Appendix F (part 5) [3MB]
Selection of drawings showing ideas for the city centre from children at Lipson Vale Primary School

 Appendix G [PDF, 57KB]
Letter and email of notification sent to consultees at issues and preferred options stage

 Appendix H [PDF, 1MB]
Issues and preferred options consultation leaflet

 Appendix I [PDF, 2MB]
Issues and preferred options consultation summary document

 Appendix J [PDF, 2MB]
Special sites newsletter, email of notification sent to consultees for special sites newsletter

 Appendix K [PDF, 33KB]
Sites newsletter response summary document

 Appendix L [PDF, 2MB]
Pre-submission consultation leaflets

 Appendix M [PDF, 1MB]
Pre-submission comments

 Appendix N [PDF, 102KB]
Cabinet reports and Full Council minutes

 Appendix O [PDF, 153KB]
Responses to representations on the potential improvements to the plan

Regulation 27 sets out the rules we have to follow in our Local Development Framework consultations. Below are details of the City Centre and University Area Action Plan consultation.

 Statement of consultation [PDF, 85.1KB]

 Appendix A [PDF, 45KB]
List of bodies consulted

 Appendix B [PDF, 1.3MB]
City Centre and University AAP issues and options document, preliminary Sustainability Appraisal, consultation response form, notice of proposal matters, statement of availability

 Appendix C [PDF, 1.9MB]
Letter of notification sent to consultees at issues and options stage, press advertisement for issues and options consultation, list of invitees to LDF launch event 23 February 2004, invitations letter sent to key stakeholders

 Appendix D [PDF, 25.9KB]
Report summarising consultation responses to City Centre and University AAP issues and options document

 Appendix E [PDF, 1.8MB]
City Centre and University AAP issues and preferred options document, sustainability appraisal, equality impact assessment, consultation response form, sustainability response form

 Appendix F (part 1) [PDF, 937KB]
Press advertisement for issues and preferred options in Evening Herald, sample City Centre and University AAP consultation posters

 Appendix F (part 2) [PDF, 12.4MB]
Window vinyl placed in Virgin shop

 Appendix F (part 3) [PDF, 810KB]
Plymouth Medical newsletter, 'Talk Shop' advert, 'City centre the focus of big discussion' Council press release, City Centre and University AAP consultation plans photo

 Appendix F (part 4) [PDF, 1.6MB]
LDF newsletter November 2008, LDF newsletter January 2009

 Appendix F (part 5) [PDF, 3.1MB]
Selection of drawings showing ideas for the city centre from children at Lipson Vale Primary School

 Appendix G [PDF, 57KB]
Letter and email of notification sent to consultees at issues and preferred options stage

 Appendix H [PDF, 1.1MB]
City Centre and University APP issues and preferred options consultation leaflet

 Appendix I [PDF, 1.5MB]
City Centre and University APP issues and preferred options consultation summary document

 Appendix J [PDF, 2.5MB] 
City Centre and University AAP special sites newsletter, email of notification sent to consultees for special sites newsletter

 Appendix K [PDF, 33.2KB]
City Centre and University AAP sites newsletter response summary document