Core Strategy

Our Core Strategy sets out the overall planning vision and framework for the city from 2006 to 2021 and beyond. It was formally adopted by Full Council on 23 April 2007.

The Core Strategy is about how land is used and considers how places work, how people get around, the services available to them and the communities they're part of. It includes an outline for delivering strategic development needs for Plymouth's future, including housing, employment, leisure and retail. All other development plan documents must conform to the Core Strategy.

 

The Core Strategy was adopted by Full Council on 23 April 2007.

Download Foreword [PDF, 18KB]

Download Chapter 1, A Plan for Plymouth 2006 to 2021 [PDF, 230KB]

Download Chapter 2, The City Vision [PDF, 690KB]

Download Chapter 3, Building Sustainable Linked Communities [PDF, 632KB]

Download Chapter 4, Delivering the Quality City [PDF, 1.1MB]

Download Chapter 5, Area Visions and Strategies [PDF, 1.6MB]

Download Chapter 5, Devonport, Millbay/Stonehouse, City Centre/University and the Hoe [PDF, 2MB]

Download Chapter 5, Sutton Harbour and East End [PDF, 1.3MB]

Download Chapter 5, Central Park  [PDF, 1.1MB]

Download Chapter 5, North Plymstock [PDF, 1.2MB]

Download Chapter 5, Derriford/Seaton and Plymouth Sound [PDF, 1.9MB]

Download Chapter 6, Economy [PDF, 1MB]

Download Chapter 7, Shopping [PDF, 790KB]

Download Chapter 8, Cultural Uses and the Evening/Night Time Economy [PDF, 1.5MB]

Download Chapter 9, Education [PDF, 1.5MB]

Download Chapter 10, Housing Provision [PDF, 1.7MB]

Download Chapter 11, Natural Environment [PDF, 1.4MB]

Download Chapter 12, Minerals [PDF, 1.4MB]

Download Chapter 13, Waste [PDF, 1.4MB]

Download Chapter 14, Transport and Communications [PDF, 2.4MB]

Download Chapter 15, Community Health, Safety and Wellbeing [PDF, 272KB]

Download Chapter 16, Managing Impacts of Development [PDF, 122KB]

Download Chapter 17, Monitor and Manage [PDF, 1.48MB]

Download Glossary and Terms and Abbreviations [PDF, 307KB]

Download Core Strategy: Adopted (complete Appendix I to the Inspector's Report) [PDF, 4.3MB]

Inspector's letter and report

Before the Core Strategy could be adopted, an independent Inspector was appointed by the Secretary of State to examine the 'soundness' of the submitted Core Strategy. The Inspector reported back to the Council on 3 April 2007 stating that the Core Strategy was sound with agreed changes.

Download Statement of Adoption [PDF, 30KB]

Download The Planning Inspector's letter [PDF, 43KB]

Download Report of the examination into the Core Strategy [PDF, 133KB]

Download Environmental Statement [PDF, 32KB]

Additional documents submitted for the Core Strategy public examination:

The degree of conformity of housing and employment provision with the Structure Plan RSS

Attended by Planning Inspector, Plymouth City Council, Taylor Woodrow Development Ltd.

Download CS 1947A [PDF, 50KB]
Taylor Woodrow Development Ltd

Download PCC Test 4A, supporting statement [PDF, 140KB]
Plymouth City Council

Whether the assumption on housing growth and locations are sound and sufficiently justified

Attended by Planning Inspector, Plymouth City Council, Wharfside Regeneration Ltd, the National Trust, Persimmon Homes and Taylor Woodrow Development Ltd.

Download CS 0373A [PDF, 54KB]
The National Trust

Download CS 0373B, The setting of Saltram Park [PDF, 1.2MB]
The National Trust

Download CS 0326B [PDF, 80KB]
Wharfside Regeneration Ltd

Download CS 1947B [PDF, 50KB]
Taylor Woodrow Developments Ltd

Download CS 1947C, Appendix A, Housing Provision [PDF, 11KB]
Taylor Woodrow Developments Ltd

Download CS 1947D, Appendix B, Housing Trajectory [PDF, 8KB]
Taylor Woodrow Developments Ltd

Download CS 1947E, Appendix B, Assumptions [PDF, 82KB]
Taylor Woodrow Developments Ltd

Download PCC Test 7C, supporting statement [PDF, 320KB]
Plymouth City Council

Whether the assumptions on employment growth and land supply are sound and sufficiently justified

Attended by Planning Inspector, Plymouth City Council, Wharfside Regeneration Ltd, Taylor Woodrow Developments Ltd.

Download CS 1947F [PDF, 67KB]
Taylor Woodrow Developments Ltd

Download PCC Test 7E, supporting statement [PDF, 129KB]
Plymouth City Council

Whether the area visions and strategies are appropriately detailed, linked and prioritised

Attended by Planning Inspector, Plymouth City Council, Wharfside Regeneration Ltd, Persimmon Homes, Mr G Ackers, Mr Osborne, Dawnan Ltd and Mr R J Rees.

Download CS0326C [PDF, 93KB]
Wharfside King Sturge

Download CS0674A [PDF, 73KB]
Mr G Ackers

Download CS0709A [PDF, 122KB]
Dawnan Ltd

Download PCC Test 7D, supporting statement [PDF, 37KB]
Plymouth City Council

Whether the retail strategy is supported by appropriate evidence

Attended by Planning Inspector, Plymouth City Council, Wharfside Regeneration Ltd, Leonara Estates (Plymouth) Ltd, Plymouth and South West Co-operative Society, Dawnan Ltd, Walker Developments (South West) Ltd.

Download CS 0675A [PDF, 1.2MB]
G L Hearn for Plymouth and South West Co-operative Society

Download CS 1981A [PDF, 1.3MB]
Leonara Estates (Plymouth) Ltd

Download CS 0709B [PDF, 167KB]
Dawnan Ltd

Download CS 0326D [PDF, 81KB]
Wharfside Regeneration

Download Derriford District Centre, final report [PDF, 537KB]
Cushman and Wakefield

Download PCC Test 7K, supporting statement [PDF, 425KB]
Plymouth City Council

Whether the appropriate level of affordable housing and other special needs housing will be delivered

Attended by Planning Inspector, Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council, Sunnybank Homes.

Download CS 1656A [PDF, 28KB]
Sunnybank Homes

Download PCC Test 7F, supporting statement [PDF, 65KB]
Plymouth City Council

Whether the public transport provisions are credible and likely to deliver more sustainable transport choices

Attended by Planning Inspector, Plymouth City Council, Highways Agency, Wharfside Regeneration Ltd, Plymouth and South West Co-operative.

Download CS 0326A [PDF, 92KB]
Wharfside Regeneration Ltd

Download CS 1944A [PDF, 544KB]
Plymouth and South West Co-operative Society

Download CS 1944B, background document Sherford Refined Master Plan [PDF, 281KB]
Plymouth and South West Co-operative Society,

Download CS 0028A [PDF, 38KB]
Highways Agency

Download PCC Test 7B, supporting statement [PDF, 80KB]
Plymouth City Council

Whether cross border transportation issues are properly considered

Attended by Planning Inspector, Plymouth City Council, Highways Agency, Mr Rodgers, Plymouth and South West Co-operative.

Download CS 1976A [PDF, 248KB]
Mr G P Rodgers

Download CS 0028A [PDF, 35KB]
Highways Agency

Download PCC Test 6C, supporting statement [PDF, 66KB]
Plymouth City Council

Whether sufficient encouragement and incentive is given to reduce the city's carbon footprint, and whether flood risk is sufficiently considered

Attended by Planning Inspector, Plymouth City Council, The Environment Agency.

Download CS 0026B [PDF, 51KB]
Environment Agency

Download PCC Test 7H part 1, supporting statement [PDF, 1.4MB]
Plymouth City Council

Download PCC Test 7H part 2, supporting statement [PDF, 1.8MB]
Plymouth City Council

Download PCC Test 7H part 3, supporting statement [PDF, 1.3MB]
Plymouth City Council

Download PCC Test 7H part 4, supporting statement [PDF, 1.5MB]
Plymouth City Council

To what extent, if at all, should airport expansion be encouraged, having regard to the need to reduce carbon emissions

Attended by Planning Inspector, Plymouth City Council, The Environment Agency, Plymouth Green Party.

Download CS 0026A [PDF, 24KB]
Environment Agency

Download PCC Test 7J, supporting statement [PDF, 42KB]
Plymouth City Council

The Core Strategy has been submitted to the Secretary of State.

The public examination took place from 30 January 2007. The Inspector's report was received on 3 April 2007.

Public examination

The examination started on 30 January 2007 and was based on the matters identified by the Inspector below:

Matters discussed at the public examination:

  • The degree of conformity of housing and employment provision with the structure plan RSS
  • Whether the assumption on housing growth and locations are sound and sufficiently justified
  • Whether the assumptions on employment growth and land supply are sound and sufficiently justified
  • Whether the area visions and strategies are appropriately detailed, linked and prioritised
  • Whether the retail strategy is supported by appropriate evidence
  • Whether the appropriate level of affordable housing and other special needs housing will be delivered
  • Whether the public transport provisions are credible and likely to deliver more sustainable transport choices
  • Whether cross border transportation issues are properly considered
  • Whether sufficient encouragement and incentive is given to reduce the city's carbon footprint, and whether flood risk is sufficiently considered
  • To what extent, if at all, should airport expansion be encouraged, having regard to the need to reduce carbon emissions

Documents submitted to the Inspector during this time are available on the public examination page.

Download Response schedule [PDF, 281KB]

Download Design statement [PDF, 34KB]

Download PPS3 housing statement [PDF, 72KB]

Download PPS1 supplement climate change (with appendix) [PDF, 2.8MB]

Download Appropriate assessment and screening [PDF, 75KB]

Pre-examination meeting

The purpose of the pre-examinations meetings is to provide an opportunity for procedural and administrative matters relating to the examinations to be explained and discussed. The pre-examination meeting is an opportunity for you to raise any issues that may be causing concern, but it will not be the right time for a discussion on the merits of the representations made.

The pre-examination meeting was held on Tuesday 28 November 2007 at 10am in the Council House.

Download Notes of pre-examination meeting [PDF, 16KB]

Download Inspectors briefing note for pre-examination meeting [PDF, 52KB]

A Core Strategy preferred options report was produced as part of the second stage of preparing Plymouth's Local Development Framework (LDF), built on the earlier issues and options consultation stage (Spring 2005).

The report sets out (for consultation) our 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.

Download Preferred options report [PDF, 2.7MB]

Download Preferred options response summary [PDF, 587KB]

Key changes to the preferred options

The document below sets out the key changes we've proposed since the original Core Strategy preferred options report, published in July 2005. This report outlines the preferred policy directions, and highlights alternatives where appropriate. The key changes consulted on relate to: transport, shopping, employment, and future development in Derriford area. In addition, it includes sections on environment and social issues. The consultation period ran from 13 April to 25 May 2006.

Download Key changes to the preferred options [PDF, 843KB]

Download Key changes to the preferred options response summary [PDF, 74KB]

In order to inform this document we commissioned eight new background studies:

 Plymouth Employment Land Review

 Plymouth Shopping Study

 Plymouth Strategic High Quality Public Transport Network Report

 Plymouth's Eastern Corridor Public Transport Study

 Plymouth Airport Study

 Plymouth Flood Risk Assessment

 North Plymouth Sustainable Community Assessment

 Plymouth Economic Vision and Strategy