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Plans approved for exciting next chapter in Millbay’s regeneration

Planning approval has been given for the exciting next phase in the transformation of Plymouth’s former docksides at Millbay.

Lead developer for the project, The English Cities Fund, submitted proposals to build 58 apartments, a 126-bedroom hotel and ground floor retail/leisure space at a key site in the regeneration area.

The plans, which are in accordance with the Millbay Masterplan, were unveiled at a well-attended public exhibition in January 2018 and, following consideration by Plymouth City Council planners, were given approval in January 2019.

It will see new life brought to a parcel of land at the gateway to the new Millbay boulevard and overlooking the inner harbour.

The wider Millbay regeneration scheme is an exciting mix of residential, leisure, business and retail development, with high quality public spaces and direct access to the waterfront. The English Cities Fund, which is leading the project, is a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal and General and Homes England.

Duncan Cumberland, residential development director at the English Cities Fund, said: “Securing planning approval is great news and means we can progress our plans for delivering new apartments, a hotel, along with a range of retail and leisure space at Millbay, which will build on the success of the wider scheme.

“The regeneration of Millbay is breathing new life into this dockside area, giving it a real sense of place that’s bringing a vibrant community together. We look forward to delivering this phase and continuing momentum in 2019.”

Considerable progress has already been made in delivering the Millbay vision, with over £90 million of a planned £200 million invested in the area. Millbay now has more than 400 new homes, new businesses, the new 1,000-pupil Plymouth School of Creative Arts, the 171-berth King Point Marina and the successful Dock Restaurant, all contributing to an increasingly busy and vibrant local community.

Work is also currently under way on two further projects in the regeneration.

The new 137-home Quadrant Wharf development is continuing the redevelopment of the eastern side of the historic former docks, next to and following on from the multi-award-winning Quadrant Quay. Scheduled for completion from Autumn 2019, homes are now available for reservation, with more information available at

And nearby, the new Mayflower Court scheme is being built by the Abbeyfield Society and will provide supported living and extra care for 80 residents as well as shared spaces for community use.