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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 August 2007, 07:25 GMT 08:25 UK
Green light for city regeneration
Artist's impression of the waterside scheme
Plans for Millbay include homes, shops, bars and restaurants
A 300m redevelopment for part of a Devon city has been given the go-ahead by planners.

The plans for Millbay are the biggest since Plymouth city centre had to be rebuilt after it was devastated by German bombers during World War II.

The plans include a new boulevard which will link the city centre to the waterfront at the revamped Millbay area.

Work will start on the next phase at Clyde Quay next year.

English Cities Fund said it was ecstatic the scheme had been given the go-ahead.

Residential housing

Under the plans, the Pavilions swimming pool and ice rink will be demolished to make way for the new road and the city's concert arena will be upgraded.

The concert arena will be expanded and located in a new building housing more than 20 shops and a hotel to support improved conference facilities.

The redevelopment will 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 are to be built at the heart of Millbay on Clyde Quay together with shops, bars and restaurants.


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