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City design plan set for approval
Artist's impression of the waterside scheme
Shops, bars and restaurants and 1,300 new homes would be built
Designs for the regeneration of a Devon city district are set to be given the go-ahead by planners.

The English Cities Fund and English Partnerships want to create a new boulevard to link Plymouth city centre to the revamped Millbay area.

The Pavilions swimming pool and ice rink would be demolished to make way for the new road and the city's concert arena would be upgraded.

The application for outline planning approval will be discussed on Tuesday.

Planners have recommended the major application be approved by Plymouth City Council's Special Planning Committee.

Residents' concerns

In the plans, the concert arena would be expanded and located in a new building housing more than 20 shops and a hotel to support improved conference facilities.

The new boulevard would follow the line of the existing Bath Street.

The redevelopment would extend over 14.5 ha (35.8 acres) south west of the city centre and include a large part of derelict land and vacant quayside land.

About 1,300 new homes would be built at the heart of Millbay on Clyde Quay together with shops, bars and restaurants.

The application was submitted last September and was followed by several public consultations.

A clause was later added in response to concerns the development could be piecemeal, restrict public access to the waterside and lead to serious congestion across the city.

Some residents have also expressed concern at proposed waterfront high-rise buildings and the impact on views and to visitors overlooking the Sound.


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