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City Council to develop an acre plot which could create 56 new jobs

Posted on 25th November 2018 in Uncategorized

An empty patch of land could become home for new and expanding businesses looking to be part of a highly-successful international business park.

Plymouth City Council is to develop an acre plot at the Plymouth International Medical and Technology Park in Derriford so that it can house more small or medium-sized businesses in ready to work space.

A decision is being signed this week that will give the green light to a ‘direct development’ scheme designed to create or support around 56 full time jobs.

Council leader Tudor Evans said: “We have been incredibly successful with our direct development schemes. We know there is a shortage of good modern offices and industrial units, so we are building them ourselves and businesses are flocking to them.”

Under the proposal, the council would build around 1,799 square metres of high quality commercial workspace using sustainable technology to minimise carbon emissions and running costs. This could including solar photovoltaic panels, better insulation, lighting and highly efficient heating systems.

When complete, the premises will form part of the council’s property portfolio, helping to bring in rental income into the city’s services. As it falls within the city boundaries, the businesses would also contribute business rates to Plymouth.

The city has a number of ‘direct development’ schemes including Oceansgate at Devonport which specialises in marine technology companies and Hearder Court at Langage Business Park which has recently been completed and has six units available to let ranging in size from 193 to 1,015 square metres.

Council Evans, said: “We are being proactive – stepping in and making things happen. One of our pledges is to build more factories and work space and why? because it means securing jobs, encouraging businesses to invest and stay here – as well as  earn a long term steady income for the Council.”

The decision seeks approval authorise expenditure and progress the procurement process. The Council will oversee the project with a a full professional team appointed to develop the scheme to detailed planning stage

The scheme will then be tendered on a traditional design and build basis.

Plymouth International Business Park is a well-established and popular location for employment space and good modern premises are in short supply.

Organisations already based there include The Peninsula Radiology Academy, Biovault Technical, the UK’s leading and largest private tissue bank and K2 Medical Systems.

It is in the north of Plymouth which is set to grow significantly over the next 15 years. Nearby the new Range Headquarters office and training facility and new store is currently being built.

What Impression are you giving?

Posted on 30th October 2014 in Photography, Plymouth Property, Property



What Impression are you giving?

Agency photography really can be the difference between selling your property and being on the market for the next 6 months.  The article below will summarise a few keys areas to consider when choosing your agent and putting your home on the market.

The Front Photo:

The front photo is arguably one of the most important as it is the first thing that the potential purchaser will see when browsing Rightmove, Zoopla or Prime Location. Having a bright blue sky as opposed to taking a photo on a rainy day is of Paramount importance. For the sake of a day or 2 waiting for the opportunity to have a blue sky front photo could be the difference between standing out and getting lost amongst the other uploads. The front photo where possible should accurately display the frontage of the house, this will allow the potential purchaser to have a clear mind of what the property looks like and the external condition.

Is your agent content to leave an untidy room on display?

 As an agent it is our responsibility to highlight each and every room to our best ability, from the entrance vestibule to the main living quarters.  Moving objects and/or furniture to highlight the size of a room for the photography is always advisable. As a vendor it is always handy to be present for photography as you can discuss with your agent the layout of a room and if anything needs to be altered within the room in order to get the best photo.

Having a good tidy up the night before your photography appointment is again a key part of selling your home. Ultimately the more items you have on display that look out of place could be telling the potential purchaser that the property is small and lacks storage space. Whether this is accurate or not you have to be mindful of what message your property is sending out.

For me personally I am enthusiastic about all of the photography I present to the public, having an agent who is content to show an untidy room shows laziness and if they are prepared to be lazy with your photography, what else will take a back seat….

How can I ensure my photo’s stand out?

The best tip I can give any potential vendor considering selling their home in the near future is to regularly have a look on the market, have a look at all the properties on display and avoid the agent’s whose photos you don’t like. At Cross Keys we value our photography and have gone to great lengths to ensure the equipment we use is of the highest standard. Having a good camera with the capacity to show the full room makes all the difference.

To summarise the points above barely scratch the surface of what it takes to sell a home, however it is important that you consider all aspects of your home and its presentation. Taste is subjective and ultimately you have to accept that you cannot please everybody. By implementing small changes you can appeal to the majority and ultimately the more people you have come to view the property, the increased chance you have to sell for the best price.

Written by Rob Down, Estate Agent at Cross Keys Estates in Plymouth


Oktoberfest at the Treasury

Posted on 2nd October 2014 in Plymouth Events, Uncategorized




If you have even the faintest interest in beer, you’ll know that brew lovers from around the world gather each year in Munich, Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest. The 16-day drink fest that runs through Oct. 5 serves only beers that conform to German purity regulations (the Reinheitsgebot) and which are brewed within the city limits of Munich.

If you aren’t lucky enough to make it to the Bavarian capital, don’t worry, The Treasury in Plymouth will be putting on Oktoberfest on Saturday 4th October from 7pm Black Friday & Retro Gents plus authentic Bavarian band the Hugaal Oompahs!

Some more interesting facts about Oktoberfest to get you in the spirit.

1) Wish Oktoberfest 2014 a very happy 204th birthday. In 1810, the very first Oktoberfest took place in Munich, Germany to honor Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage. Today, the 16-day beer festival is still going strong.

2) If you’re wondering how much beer is consumed by the 6 million people that go to Oktoberfest each year –it’s a lot. To be precise, it’s 1.8 million gallons of beer. That’s like filling the legendary King’s Pond pool at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Hawaii with brew.

3) This year, 48,000 members of the baker’s union threatened to strike, inciting fear of a possible pretzel shortage, or as you say in Munich, Riesnbrezn shortage. In the end, the bakers chose to respect the Oktoberfest tradition and are keeping the pretzels flowing.

4) In an effort to keep festival attendees as safe, the Red Cross has set up 15 hangover beds for people, in case they need to sleep off the booze for a while. That doesn’t seem like a lot for the more than 7,000 people that come to the Red Cross tent for treatment each year, but I guess it’s better than none. They’ve also got spare pants, too, just in case you need those too.

5) Each year, over 4,000 items end up in the Oktoberfest lost and found. The weirdest from 2013 was a set of dentures.

6) Beer prices differ in the various tents at Oktoberfest, but a traditional stein, which is slightly less than 34 ounces, will cost you about $13.

7) At Oktoberfest, there’s a lot of standing, as there are fewer seats than there are visitors. The largest Oktoberfest beer tent of all time was the Pschorr-Brau-Rosl-tent in 1913, which held 12,000 people. Today, the Hofbrau-Festhalle is the largest tent, with 10,000 seats. But you better get there early.

8) There is a variety of traditional, hearty fare to be had at Oktoberfest. Offerings include Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Haxn (pork knuckle), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Wurstl (sausages), Brezn (pretzel), Knodeln (potato or bread dumplings), Kaasspotzn (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkraut (pickled red cabbage), Obatzda (a fatty, spiced cheese-butter concoction), and Weisswurst (white sausage). So dig in!

Plymouth mortgage-free capital of UK



Plymouth is the mortgage-free capital of the UK, according to a new survey carried out by Which? Mortgage Advisers.

Nearly half of Plymouth residents own their homes without a mortgage, with 44 per cent owning their properties outright

Plymouth also has a higher proportion of over-60 residents, with 22 per cent being aged 60 plus, and this could explain why it has the most outright homeowners.

On the whole, 33 per cent of people living in the UK own their homes outright, compared to 35 per cent who are paying off a mortgage and 31 per cent who rent.

The survey also revealed that the average age of someone who had paid off their mortgage was 51, but that 16 per cent of owners had managed to pay off their loan before that.

Glasgow saw the lowest percentage of outright homeownership, with 24 per cent of residents being mortgage-free.

9% Great Yielding Flat in Fegan Road

Posted on 21st June 2014 in Buy-to-let Property, Plymouth Property

Stuart Donnington from the Property Group in Plymouth comments on his views of the Buy-to-let market in Plymouth.

I have come across the following little gem courtesy of Connells. They have a 2 bedroom flat in the Fegan Road, St Budeaux area with a asking price of £70,000.The flat might not be to everyone’s cup of tea, and ture capital growth might not be that great, but you should be able to let that flat to LHA tenants for the 2 bedroom LHA rate which is £525PCM. The flat itself internally looks smart and no work would be required in order to get the property ready to let. The flat was last sold in 2005 for £71,500.

If you can get the property for a little cheaper at around the £65,000 your looking at a great yield of 9.7%, even at the £70,000, the yield would be 9%, still not bad.

I know, I know there is a little more to property investment than great yields, some capital growth would be nice too.

For more information on the best local properties view the Plymouth Property Portal or contact Stuart direct on 01752 710747 or visit his website

Plymouth Property House Prices

Posted on 5th April 2014 in Plymouth Property, Uncategorized

THE average price of a house in Plymouth is now back up to the value it was before the market crashed.

Soaring property prices have left Plymouth homes worth nearly as much as during the 2007 high, which marked the end of the last boom, a new survey shows.

Prices are eight per cent up year-on-year to April, according to Nationwide, meaning the average home in Plymouth is now £177,198. The national average is £178,124.

Confidence in the economy and government initiatives such as the Help to Buy scheme have all helped kick start the market, according to property experts. But one estate agent says that Plymouth has been slow to catch up with other cities. Roger Punch, the South West spokesman for land and property experts RICS, said: “It started to take effect elsewhere way back last year and caused the market to warm up and really get going. But it’s only just starting to reach us.”

By Lisa Clark from the Evening Herald

Argyle Development Given Go-Ahead

Posted on 15th August 2013 in Plymouth Argyle










Councillors today give the go ahead for The ambitious proposal from Argyle owner James Brent’s Akkeron Group is to redevelop Argyle’s Mayflower stand and build an ice rink, hotel, cinema and shops.

Martin Starnes, chief executive of Plymouth Argyle, said before the decision: “We’re all hoping there’s going to be a positive outcome from today’s planning meeting because it’s extremely important for the future of the football club.

“We want to get on with a development which will mean increased revenues and better facilities for our supporters and for the city of Plymouth.

“The better facilities you can offer, the easier it is to attract both players and supporters.

“I am of the opinion that a football club, football being the biggest spectator sport in the country, should be at the hub of sporting facilities.”

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Plymouth Flavour Fest 2013

Posted on 15th August 2013 in Leisure, Plymouth Flavour Fest










Two new high profile celebrity chefs Michael Caines and Anton Piotrowski, winner of Masterchef Professional 2012, will be holding master cookery demonstrations during the 10th anniversary celebrations at Plymouth’s Flavour Fest.

The event is the South West’s largest food and drink festival and returns to the City Centre’s Piazza from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August 2013.

Flavour Fest has continually grown in popularity with footfall figures regularly exceeding 150,000 for the three-day event, offering visitors a lively and exciting way to experience the true taste of the South West region. This year Flavour Fest will welcome additional trading stalls to the 2013 event which will stretch through the heart of Plymouth’s city centre from the Kitchen Theatre on the Piazza, to Place de Brest where the Real Ales and Wines area will be located. A variety of local ale, wine, cider and beer stalls will feature in the new Real Ale and Wine area along with entertainment from the Covent Garden entertainers including an international street dancer, an escape artist and a lack rope walker.

The event’s Kitchen Theatre is a hugely popular feature attracting large numbers of spectators who come to watch the live cookery demonstration’s by the impressive line-up of celebrity and well-known regional chefs. Located directly below the Plymouth Big Screen which will be used to stream the full three-day event, the Kitchen Theatre kick-starts the event with Flavour Fest’s version of ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’.

This year Chris and James Tanner will go head-to-head in the competition with two surprise celebrity guests. Presented by Natalie Cornah from ‘BBC Spotlight’, the event will feature live on BBC Radio Devon and then on ‘Spotlight’ evening news bulletin. Located in the centre of the event site, the ‘Food is Fun’ marquee, awarded the Children’s University Certification, educates and engages the younger audience offering plenty to keep the whole family busy. Equipped with a mini cookery theatre, the marquee hosts cookery demonstrations, hands-on workshops, and healthy educational stalls for children as well as face painting and other fun activities.

Holly Reynolds, Assistant City Centre Manager said: “Over the past nine years Flavour Fest has firmly established itself as a key attraction in our summer events calendar and that of the surrounding area with locals and visitors alike coming down to show their enthusiasm for the Westcountry’s produce. As the event is set to grow even bigger this year with extra stalls and the new ales and wines area, we look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the South West and further afield to experience the best traditional and contemporary produce the region has to offer. “ She continued “As one of the most widely attended events of this kind we remain proud to offer a free food festival in the heart of the South West, giving the opportunity to all to sample local produce from organic meats, pasties and pies, to Cornish cheeses and Devonshire ice cream.”

A summary of the Flavour Fest Kitchen Theatre programme for 16th to 18th August is as follows:


9.45am Mich Tonks, Rockfish Seafood, Sutton Harbour

10.15am Chris and James Tanner

10.45am Martyn Scott, Fisherman’s Arms

11.15am Scott Paton, The Horn of Plenty, Gulworthy

11.45am Matt Corner, The View Café

12.15pm Ready Steady Cook with BBC Radio Devon introduced by Natalie Cornah, chefs: Chris and James Tanner, guests: Bill Buckley and special guest

1.15pm Michael Caines

2.00pm Dez Turnland, Brend Hotels

2.45pm Mal Harradine as seen on Ideal World

3.00pm Dave beazley, City College Plymouth

3.30pm The Treasury

4.00pm Rhodes @ The Dome

4.30pm Craig Arbuckle, Montys


9.30am Mal harradine as seen on Ideal World

10.00am Richard Farleigh and Jamie McMurrich, City College Plymouth

10.30am Anton Piotrowski, Treby Arms, Sparkwell, Winner of Masterchef Proffesional 2012

11.15am Toby Bragg, Column Bakehouse, Devonport

11.45am Bamix of Switzerland

12.00pm Neil Haydock, Watergate Bay Hotel

12.30pm Mike Palmer, Two Bridges Hotel, near Tavistock

1.00pm Jasleen Kaur, Inventor of The Curry Measure

1.30pm Richard Hunt, Gipsy Hill, Exeter and Courtland, Exmouth

2.00pm Darrin Hosgrove, Ashburton Cookery School

2.30pm Glassblowing House

3.00pm Dave Jenkins, Rock Salt Café

3.30pm Chris Penk, Cornwall College, Saltash

4.00pm Sammy Loundes, Plymouth Art Centre

4.30pm Closed


10.00am Mal Harradine and Jacques Marchal

10.30am Rob Deves, The Market Plaice

11.00am Nigel Johns and Chris Sandham, Theatre Royal

11.30am Russell Brown, Sienna Restaurant, Dorchester

12.00pm Paul Eynon, Lemon Tree, Elburton

12.30pm Richard Valder, Angela’s, Exeter

1.00pm Brett Camborne- Paynter, Austells, St Austell

1.30pm Dan Gillard, St Elizabeths House, Plympton

2.00pm Andrew Ferns, Chloe’s Restaurant, Plymouth

2.30pm Joe Draper and Andy Richardson, River Cottage, Royal William Yard

3.00pm Nick Barclay, The Blue Plate, Downderry

3.30pm Peter Gorton, Gortons, Tavistock

4.00pm Closed

Bellini’s Now Open

Posted on 7th September 2012 in Uncategorized













As much as property is important in the local economy, also hairdressing in Plymouth has always been a strong point with the local city academy and hairdressing college. A new hair salon has just opened called Bellini Ladies Salon above the City Gent Barbers with cost starting from £14 for Lady dry cuts, full head of colour £35 and full head of highlights for £55. All colours include free cut and blowdry. They also accept student discount.

Come Dome with Me….

Posted on 14th October 2011 in Plymouth News, Plymouth Property, Uncategorized

Chef, restaurateur, celebrity and author Gary Rhodes is to turn Plymouth’s disused waterfront Dome into a multi-million-pound restaurant, creating 50 jobs.

It will be called Rhodes West, the brasserie, bar and events suite is due to open next summer after being leased from Plymouth City Council.

There’s been a great deal of speculation recently over the potential of the Dome and another top chef investing in the City of Plymouth show’s what great potential it has. There’s also talk of him setting up a cookery school, which is still in the “concept stage”.

As we seem to be starting to come out of this hard period, with restaurants like the Barbican Kitchen, Bistro One and Tanners being very busy on a regular basis, it seems that a slightly different twist on “classic” recipes alongside “unique” dishes, and use of locally-sourced food could complement the quality that already exists in Plymouth.

Gary did mention that he would be in Plymouth on a regular basis as we go through the build and the fit-out programme and start to build our kitchen and front-of-house teams.”

Cllr Vivien Pengelly, leader of Plymouth City Council, said Rhodes West “is exactly the sort of venture we wanted to see in the Dome. It is a key location overlooking our amazing waterfront”.

Sarah O’Leary, Plymouth Waterfront Manager, said: “Rhodes West will be a huge boost for the waterfront.”