Plymouth City Council
Plymouth City Council’s adopted core strategy clearly identifies and tells the story of priority areas within the authority through recognising the geographical location, history, local challenges, opportunities and the key issues for each area.
Plymouth City Council’s adopted core strategy (April 2007) identifies four strategic priority areas for change. These are:
- The Waterfront Regeneration Areas, which is subdivided into the seven communities of Devonport, Millbay and Stonehouse, the City Centre and University, the Hoe, Sutton Harbour, East End, and Central Park,
- The Eastern Corridor, where the primary intention is to ensure the city’s overall needs are met by delivering an appropriate range, mix & type of housing, with supporting employment and infrastructure
- The Northern Corridor, which is intended to provide for the city’s long term sustainable growth, and
- Plymouth Sound with its Estuaries which are one of the city’s major assets and key to its identity.
Each of the communities making up these priority areas are considered through area visions. These reflect the localities unique geography, history, character and contribution to the city. They also provide the basis for preparing the supporting area action plans, which in turn identify the delivery mechanisms for turning community aspirations into reality.
Each of these area visions needs to be seen within the city’s overall goal of building Sustainable Linked Communities. This concept underpins the core strategy vision of making Plymouth ‘one of Europe’s finest, most vibrant waterfront cities, where an outstanding quality of life is enjoyed by all’. It also provides the ‘golden thread’ that links Plymouth’s LDF documents together, providing the focus for the evidence base work through to adopted area action plans.
The aspirations and needs of communities has been the starting point of Plymouth’s LDF approach. However, linking this ‘bottom up’ approach with a ‘top down’ view as to what is needed to make the city function effectively within its hinterland has been central to the city’s thinking.
Each area vision is also based on an understanding of the place, and includes the following:
- Geographical position of the area within the city
- Historical development of the area
- Challenges and opportunities in the area
- Key issues to be tackled in the area
- A vision statement for what the place will be like in the future and how it will be achieved
- A vision diagram
- Points to be emphasised in an area action plan.
This information is based on both an objective, factual assessment of the area in terms of key sustainability criteria, as well as being shaped through extensive consultation with both residents and key stakeholders on what needs to be done to make their neighbourhood into a better place.
The overall message from Plymouth’s experience is that - by telling the story of these key places within Plymouth, and by understanding each place’s history and the aspirations of its community, the council is able to shape its vision for the city in an informed way with targeted regeneration and conservation. By understanding how these places work and how they will change, the council can use the core strategy and its supporting DPDs to plan for the unique contribution each place can make to the future of Plymouth, providing certainty for the investment process and ensuring delivery of positive change.