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New housing algorithm will gobble up more countryside without delivering affordable homes, warns Devon CPRE

Authored by sharon goble

The government’s proposed new housing formula or ‘algorithm’ will fail to deliver the affordable new homes that rural communities in Devon so desperately need, according to new analysis from the countryside charity CPRE. Instead, the Government’s sweeping changes to local planning could lead to the worst of all possible worlds – the loss of more precious countryside without delivering the...

Council consults on planned changes to council tax support

Authored by News Desk

A review of Plymouth’s Council Tax Support scheme is underway nearly one year after its introduction with proposals to give more money back to residents.

The scheme, which has seen more than 16,000 households in the city affected, was introduced in April 2013 following government changes to the benefits system; part of the Coalition's welfare reform agenda.

Each council...

Plymouth to be consulted on new polymer bank notes

Authored by Matthew Vizard

Plymouth is one of the destinations for a public consultation by the Bank of England on the introduction of 'plastic' (polymer) bank notes. The consultation event will be held at Drake Circus on 12 October.

The Bank is undertaking the consultation as part of its process of deciding whether to proceed with printing on the polymer material. This would initially only be for the new-style...

Council launches public consultation on Plymouth's night life

Authored by Matthew Vizard

Diners, drinkers, dancers and audiences in Plymouth are being asked how the city's night life can be made even better.

The city centre evening and night time economy is worth around £60 million and provides around 2,700 jobs and supports the growth of many businesses including restaurants, hotels, the theatre, taxi drivers, bars and clubs.

But the Council recognise that...

Fire union warns Plymouth workshop fire shows 'folly' of proposed cuts

Authored by JenniferJ

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) says that a major fire in a Plymouth car workshop shows why planned cuts to frontline fire cover in the city are “folly” and should be withdrawn immediately.

Five pumping appliances from the city attended the fire which took place at a range of industrial units in Miller Court, Millbay, Plymouth. One unit measuring 15m x 15m, used as a car body repair...

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue extends public consultation

Authored by Matthew Vizard

A public consultation into the future of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue has been extended until the end of next week.

The consultation is asking the public to provide feedback on proposals to manage the service in the light of cuts of 17% to its government grant. The cut means savings of £5.5m need to be found.

The proposals include a reduction in some full-time crewed...

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