Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
Solution proposed by:
Plymouth City Council
In a Nutshell:
The Plymouth Plan brings together all of the city’s strategic plans into a single, innovative plan for the city, looking to 2031 and beyond. With 250k inhabitants, this English city has a mix of challenging issues around regeneration, deprivation and also some key economic and social strengths.
Where and When:
Plymouth, UK, 5 years
): Bringing a city together and creating long-term, sustainable and shared plans is a major challenge. For the first time in Plymouth (and perhaps in the UK), is bringing a number of strategic planning processes together. The plan will cover the city's economy; the city's transport and housing needs; it looks at how the city can improve the lives of children and young people and address the issues which lead to child poverty; it sets out the aspiration to be a healthy and prosperous city with a rich arts and culture environment; and it functions as the city's local development plan.
It is an incredibly innovative project as it is enables a range of people to access and be engaged in the plan-making. The Plan has also been designed as an interactive website, whether you are a resident, investor or young person you will easily be able to explore the plan and see the latest news about how the city is changing. Innovative consultation techniques included a moving sofa to speak with the public. This ground-breaking initiative has already received national and regional awards for its innovative approach.
The Plymouth Plan is visionary and ambitious -setting out in an integrated way what they want the city to be like in 2031. It is founded on some core values - that people have roots and care about their future and that of their community; that we will be a city of equality of opportunity; that more fairly distributed, and people have the confidence to make more decisions on the issues that affect them; and finally that everyone in the city can flourish as we explore new creative ways of doing things.
The Plymouth Plan is the peoples’ plan: it belongs to the people and has people at its heart. With a continuing determination to deliver a better Plymouth, we can once again make Plymouth great. There are 58 policies and Strategic Objectives in The Plymouth Plan including Delivering a healthy city, Plymouth: an international city, All welcome! and Being Britain’s Ocean City. The Plymouth Plan provides the strategic framework for that to happen in a radical way. The Plymouth Plan seeks to respond to the big questions Plymouth is facing in tackling health inequalities, the rising cost of care, the lack of enough affordable housing, the need to provide good quality jobs, climate change, pressure on our cherished historic and green spaces, increased demand on services, and reduced public sector resources. Many of the solutions for these issues will depend on organisations working closer together than ever before, and also on individuals and communities being empowered to take control of their own lives and neighbourhoods.
It was the biggest consultation the city has ever had, engaging with over 2500 different views and many different organisations . The Plymouth Plan is being published in two parts with part one setting out an overarching strategy for future change and growth in the city. Part two will set out detailed policies for different areas of Plymouth and site-specific policies for the development, improvement or conservation of land in the city. Part Two will therefore show how the high-level strategy contained in Part One relates to Plymouth's neighbourhoods.