Consultation starting on plan for shopping district
A CONSULTATION period is to begin over plans to transform Derriford into a bustling shopping and business district.
The latest draft of the Derriford and Seaton Action Plan was approved by members of the city's Cabinet and as a result a six-week consultation period will begin on Monday.
Part of plans include creating almost 3,000 new homes and 8,000 jobs. Transport links would be "excellent" and revisions mean a shopping district wouldn't compete with the city centre shops.
The process of producing the Derriford and Seaton AAP started in 2005 and since then there have been many consultations and ongoing discussions to develop the plan with local people, interested organisations and developers.
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The shopping centre would be earmarked for land at the former Seaton Barracks.
It was first drawn up under the old Conservative city administration and in the past seven years numerous changes have been made to plans including removing the city airport from the proposals.
The earlier draft was consulted on last year and the plan revised to take into account the opinions of local people and organisations.
If the development goes ahead following the consultation, it could become a magnet for developers and business, say council planners.
Planners have drawn up a framework for where shops, homes and community facilities will be built over the next few decades.
If everything goes to plan it will be submitted to a government inspector in October and will be adopted next summer. The consultation period will begin on Monday and run until August 20.
It will provide a final opportunity for communities to influence the plan before it is adopted.
A Plymouth City Council spokesperson said: "The public consultation will run for six weeks and it provides an opportunity for people to speak with our planning officers about the action plan. We hope to engage residents with these plans, answer any questions they may have and capture their views. There will also be a permanent six-week display at the Civic Centre First Stop Reception, Estover Library, Crownhill Library and the George Park and Ride."
Comments can be made via representation forms which are also available at the civic centre or online at www.plymouth.gov.uk./ldf. For details of consultation events visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/revisedpresubmission.