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How will Plymouth and south-west Devon look in 20 years' time?
A vision of the future will go before councillors next
week detailing planning ambitions for 2034.
The joint local plan is being seen as a model for the future
on everything from homes and jobs to transport,
The Plymouth South Hams and West Devon joined local plan
covers an area of more than 2,000 square kilometres.
The vast majority of that in the rural areas of West Devon
But 70% of the 400,000 population lives in the city,
so of the 27,000 planned new homes, around 19,000 will be in Plymouth
It should also create more than 30,000 jobs,
again with around 70% of those concentrated in and around the city.
It's a hugely ambitious plan, literally joined up thinking
between the city council and its neighbours.
We all have our part to play, we've all have come into this
as equal partners and the end result is a seamless plan that I think
is the first time I've ever seen it done this well.
My own view is this will be a model for the future.
One interesting change is that Plymouth City Council has turned up
the pressure of old campaigners hoping to reopen the airport.
Sutton Harbour wants to build a garden suburb on the site,
but the plan now is for aviation use until 2022, nine years less
There is sufficient land in the Plymouth area to meet
the needs of the city and the wider area.
Therefore, we are certain and adamant that the Plymouth
airport site should be reserved for aviation activity
and collectively we need to work towards bringing back airport use.
The city council also rejected 122 sites earmarked
for housing, including this one at Paradise Road in Stoke.
If approved by all three councils, a six-week consultation on the joint
Acts of antisemitism will not be tolerated.
The words of the vice chancellor of Exeter University
following the discovery of a swastika and racist
Today, dozens of students marched through the campus in an antifascist
protest as our Home Affairs correspondent Simon Hall reports.
About 100 students joined the march against fascism through the campus
It was organised after a swastika was carved into a door in a hall
of residence with a "rights for whites" sign nearby.
We want to take a march directly to the perpetrators and show them
that jokes are not OK and it all snow balls into real-life
fascism, which is not going to be OK on campus.
It's really important, however, I think this march won't be enough
to really change events that are happening worldwide.
But I think it's a very important step forwards.
The march is about raising solidarity with Jewish people
but overall creating an atmosphere of antiracism on campus,
In his first interview, the Vice Chancellor told me
As soon as we found out, we were appalled.
It doesn't fit with the character of the institution, this
I have been racking my brains, Over the last 14 years
as Vice Chancellor, I cannot think of a single complaint we have
received from a Jewish student about feeling unwelcome.
Students held a rally with a series of anti-fascism speeches.
There have been instances of anti-Semitism in other
All have generated negative publicity.
Anti-Semitism is becoming an increasingly uncomfortable issue
Exeter University say their investigations indicate
that the carving of the swastika and the rights for whites sign
may have been a deeply offensive attempt at a joke,
possibly parodying a television show.
Researchers are warning that Exeter's roads won't be able to cope
with the extra 14,000 car journeys that are predicted by 2026.
Now a community interest company is offering cash for ideas that
will get people out of their cars and end congestion.
Exeter City Futures is willing to invest up to ?15,000 per project.
The fact of the matter is the problems we face in Exeter
will not be solved by the public sector, because they simply do not
They have to be solved by businesses delivering better services
for people to move around in different ways.
Meanwhile, there are around 200 places in Dorset where people
are waiting for road schemes which campaigners
The county council says it can only afford a small number of projects
each year and that it prioritises cases based on safety.
Now one village, Winterborne Houghton,
is looking at paying for its own 30mph
I looked at the Department for Transport guidelines and it does
say that 30 miles should be the norm in a village, and it's quite
I thought, well, this is the village that time forgot.
We will just fill in, put the justification through and it
will really be a rubber-stamp job, but no, certainly not.
Councillors have today backed a bid for Dark Sky status on Bodmin Moor,
which involves putting controls in place to prevent light pollution.
An application will now be sent to the International
Dark Sky Association, with a decision expected by June.
As Tamsin Melville reports, there are already a number
of Dark Sky communities in the UK, including Exmoor National Park.
Switching off to send a message on light pollution.
The people of Dulverton were firmly on board when Exmoor became
the world's second dark sky reserve five years ago.
This official international recognition of the top-class quality
of Exmoor's night skies seems to be as popular as ever.
So many people in light polluted areas that it is wonderful for them
Getting children enthused about the stars is said to be one
big benefit and shops are happy with the footfall.
We as a business are aware of a lot of people who come
That is young families, that is other people,
so it is one of those things that has broad appeal and has attracted
An area with a lot of light pollution in the city might
Here on Exmoor, with a telescope you would see billions of stars.
Tourism is getting a boost with holiday accommodation
businesses offering telescopes for star gazing.
It is a bragging right for people to talk about and to make them
But it has genuine benefits in terms of bringing tourists to the area.
And now the top quality of the night sky recorded by experts over
Bodmin Moor has experts also reaching for the stars.
Cornwall councillors were today discussing a bid for the area
In Cornwall we have some of the darkest skies we have
We do not have a designation yet but one would hope that
if we have Bodmin Moor, other places will follow suit.
This is a great way of preserving something historical,
cultural that we can pass on to future generations.
It isn't just Bodmin Moor looking to follow in Exmoor's footsteps.
There are also plans for a similar bid in West Cornwall
Looks like it's getting stormy by the end of this week.
Good evening. More of the same is the story for the next two days of
the week ahead, but later we have somewhat of a change. It becomes
quite windy and starts to call down again. We have been blessed with
good temperatures the past couple of days. A mild start, it will turn
windy and cold by Friday. One weather system doesn't change its
position over the next 24 hours. By Wednesday it is still there but it
is developing an area of low pressure and that is the one that
will give us very windy conditions on Thursday and opens the door to
the winds from the north and north-west, which means lower
temperatures and a possible frost into Friday. Friday should be dry,
bright but colder. The mildness will continue overnight tonight. Must
re-winds feed in low cloud, the list, drizzle and fog. Temperatures
of eight or 9 degrees. Tomorrow is going to be a similar date to today.
Some breaks in the cloud to the east. Generally it is thick enough
for light rain and drizzle. Temperatures at 12 or 13 degrees and
a brisk westerly breeze for all of us. For Wednesday, the same sort of
day, drizzle in the wind and mild. Early rain on Thursday but the main
feature is it will feel cooler, it will be a brighter but it will be
windy. Strong north-west winds, by Friday the colder air is with us and
temperatures of no more than just seven or 8 degrees. Could Cornwall
soon become a hub for launching and tracking commercial satellites as
well as operating space flights? We will look at that tomorrow. See you
later. As you have just seen, after a day
in which some of you have been shedding the layers, you will be
putting them back on for the rest of this week. Big changes ahead, all
down to where the air has been coming from. Today, it originated in
the Caribbean, hence the name tropical maritime air. Temperatures
peaked at 18 degrees. But later this