Future of Plymouth goes under the microscope in special debate
THE future of Plymouth will come under the microscope at a special debate tomorrow.
More than 100 architects, business people, developers and university students will meet to share their vision for the city.
The event at the Council House is designed to spark debate and discussion about the emerging 'Plymouth Plan'.
It has been organised by the Plymouth branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Plymouth City Council.
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The Plymouth Plan will guide the city's development until 2031.
Unlike past strategies which concentrated on development, the Plymouth Plan will cover every aspect of city life, from planning policy and arts and culture, to health and tourism.
In another break with the past, planners have gone into the exercise with a blank sheet. Since last year they have been collecting the views and ideas of local plan.
The consultation will culminate in a convention in June.
Speakers at the Plymouth Plan Forum tomorrow will include Isabel Allen, director of design at Kevin McCloud's HAB Oakus company; council leader Tudor Evans; and Tim Jones, chair of Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.
The debate will be chaired by RIBA vice president Anthony Clerici.
RIBA Plymouth branch chair Jonathan Braddick said: "The interest from the public and other professionals in and around Plymouth has been incredible.
"Plymouth's unique and beautiful geographical location along with its mix of historic and modern culture represents a very exciting opportunity.
"As an architect I am very proud to play a part in helping to engage with neighbours, friends, colleagues and businesses to help plan for a vibrant city over the coming years."
Paul Barnard, the council's chief planner, said: "This is a really exciting opportunity to debate the future of the city."
The Plymouth Plan Forum will take place from 5pm to 8pm.
Booking is essential, and a few spaces are still available.
To reserve a place at the debate, go online to http://plymouthplan.eventbrite.co.uk.