The Development of Plymouth – Talking Business @ PL1 Debates the City’s Future

12 May 2017 | Uncategorised

Last week local companies came together for City College’s leading business dining event to discuss the numerous planning schemes, strategies and overall vision for regeneration in Plymouth.

Held in partnership with the Herald, ‘Talking Business @ PL1’ was an evening of good food and questions hosted by the BBC’s David Fitzgerald. Guest speakers included Anthony Payne, Strategic Director for Place at Plymouth City Council and Ben Rhodes, Chief Executive at Devon & Cornwall Business Council.

“The future of the City is always going to be a hot topic for local professionals,” said City College’s Key Account Manager, Sean Gibson. “Ben Rhodes provided great insight into the skills shortages in the region and the challenges businesses are having retaining talent. This linked well with Anthony’s thorough account of the development plans for all aspects of the local economy, including the target of 5,000 homes in five years, the thorny issue of traffic and even culture and heritage.”

“Anthony fielded a range of questions highlighting the challenges and opportunities that exist across the City. He highlighted priorities for the City Centre and Waterfront, jobs and housing growth along the northern corridor and housing led growth along the Eastern Corridor.”

“He stressed the need to align and deliver infrastructure to support jobs and housing growth, to work with private sector partners that are investing across the City and maximise opportunities to diversify the City Centre away from a pre-dominantly retail led use to a more mixed-use future.”

The next ‘Talking Business @PL1’ is on Thursday 29 June, 5.45pm to 9.00pm. The event costs £17.50 per person, which includes a two-course meal with wine. Book and pay online at

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