LIVE: North of Plymouth development, public inquiry
North of Plymouth development, public inquiry live.
Rival plans to develop the north of Plymouth are going head-to-head as Plymouth City Council faces down challenges to its proposals to create a new community of thousands of homes and a major new shopping centre on the old Seaton Barracks parade ground.
A Government planning inspector will spend at least four days this week and next considering whether the council's Derriford and Seaton area action plan is "sound".
Sutton Harbour Holdings will try to persuade the inspector that the council was wrong to exclude the airport from its area action plan.
Meanwhile Wharfside Regeneration Ltd will revisit its arguments made at a planning inquiry last autumn.
Wharfside wants to build a shopping centre next to Derriford Hospital on the so-called North West Quadrant.
The Derriford and Seaton area action plan is the seventh piece in the city's planning blueprint.
Plans have already been adopted for: City Centre and University, Central Park, Sutton Harbour, North Plymstock, Devonport, and Millbay and Stonehouse.
The Secretary of State has appointed Andrew Seaman to hold the examination into the soundness of the area action plan. Mr Seaman will hear all the arguments at an examination in public.
The hearings – which are open to the public – will continue next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the option to return on April 10.
The area action plan covers the period up to 2021.
The council staked out its territory in the debate last week, when it unveiled its vision of a new "high street" in the north of Plymouth.
The shopping centre will be at the heart of a new community of 3,000 homes, GP surgeries, a school, library, pub and restaurants. The aim is to encourage the creation of 8,000 new jobs by 2026.
The proposed Derriford district centre will be set in almost 12 acres next to the Future Inn in Tavistock Road.