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Plymouth is one of the most unique and diverse natural environments of any city in the country. Over 40 per cent of the city is designated as green space, and is surrounded by three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a European Marine Site, a Marine Conservation Zone and Dartmoor National Park.

This provides an enviable setting with an abundance of green spaces and marine areas which, as well as contributing to health, are able to provide natural solutions to climate change impacts, including reducing flooding, improving water quality, and enabling wildlife to thrive.

The Plymouth Plan is Plymouth’s single, integrated strategic plan owned by Plymouth City Council and its partners. This is shortly to be integrated with the Joint Local Plan, a joint plan between Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon which looks at every aspect of how we want our cities, towns and villages and green space to look and feel over the next 20 years.

Environment and nature

The Plymouth Plan

Helping us measure SO2 – Delivering a growing city in the Plymouth Plan

Plymouth continues to be recognised as a leading green city

Waste and recycling

The Plymouth Plan

Helping us measure the delivery of our spatial strategy (Joint Local Plan Indicator 13) in the Plymouth Plan

The area’s stunning setting, maritime heritage, quality environment and natural assets continue to be protected and enhanced

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DATA Play 11... tackling the climate emergency together

Published 6 September 2022
DATA Play 11 was a great success with discussions around the climate emergency and the environment.

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Save a new date for DATA Play 11

Published 24 February 2022
We’ve rescheduled DATA Play 11 to 7 April 2022 due to the coronavirus situation and on advice from Public Health.

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DATA Play 11: Climate emergency

Published 9 December 2021
Join us on 11 March 2022 for DATA Play 11 to look at how open data and technology can be used to help the climate emergency.

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Save the date for DATA Play 11

Published 8 December 2021
Join us on 11 March 2022 for DATA Play 11 to explore how data and technology can help the city’s challenges around the climate emergency.

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View the Plymouth Plan Annual Report

Published 23 July 2021
This annual report provides an overview of progress over the past year, for each of the different elements of the plan.

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Tune in tomorrow for the Climate Challenge live final

Published 2 December 2020
The top three projects will now be taking part in the LIVE final taking place on Thursday 3 December at 7pm…

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Join us for a Plymouth Climate Challenge live event

Published 26 September 2020
The top three supported projects will be awarded an additional £2,500 and be invited to the live event on Thursday 3 December…

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Progress on the delivery of the Plymouth Plan

Published 23 November 2020
We’ve added a new Plymouth Plan section with infographics to show our progress on the Plymouth Plan primary indicators…

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Competition time! Plymouth Climate Challenge LIVE

Published 24 September 2020
Plymouth City Council and Crowdfunder have teamed up to award £15,000 prize-funding to 10 climate emergency projects in the city…

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DATA Play 10 is here... looking back and forward

Published 1 November 2019
DATA Play 10 kicked off to a great start with some really interesting discussions around past and future challenges…

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