Flagship Mixed-Use Redevelopment Granted Planning Permission

Bailey Partnership

Our proposals for the mixed-use development at Laira Bridge, Plymouth has been granted planning permission.

Plans for a new 88-bed hotel, retail units, a drive-through coffee shop, cycle hub and a fast-food outlet on a ‘gateway to Plymouth’ have been unanimously approved. Plymouth City Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday night gave the go-ahead for the flagship redevelopment of the former Western National bus depot.  

In highlighting the importance of the development,  Cllr Patrick Nicholson, told the committee it was long overdue.  Cllr Bill Wakeham, vice-chairman of the committee, added: “This is a gateway to the city so it is wonderful to have it developed and what is being proposed today is excellent.”

Recommending approval, the council stated, “Officers consider the proposal is in principle acceptable and that the schemes’ design, layout and landscape creates a good quality proposal for the site and wider area.”

The largest building will be the six-storey hotel to the north of the new entrance.  The site layout was developed to achieve a safe, secure and welcoming environment with active street frontages, and an appropriate scale, providing prominent site boundaries, clearly demarcated external space and natural surveillance to the public realm. The concept was based on creating an environment whereby people wish to “stay and play” and enjoy the offerings on site. The scheme adopted a landscape led approach designed with the pedestrian experience in mind and this has allowed for a quality pedestrian and cyclist environment to be created which encourages people to dwell. 

Bailey Partnership provided architectural, town planning, development consultancy, project and cost management services, structural/civil and building services engineering on the exciting gateway scheme.   

Steve Demuth, Partner of Bailey Partnership added “It is widely recognised that the former Western National Bus Depot site offers an exciting opportunity to develop a gateway project for Plymouth. Through a proactive working relationship with Plymouth City Council, we have developed a scheme aligned with the aspirations of the Local Planning Authority and evolving operator requirements which have changed significantly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

To ensure deliverability efforts have been made to tailor the scheme to suit operators who have been able to continue trading through Covid-19 restrictions with the inclusion of outdoor eating/social areas seen as a future-proofing measure which has been a welcome addition by potential operators.  

The Marketing Agents for the scheme are Hedgeland Property Consultants who have been involved from the early stages of the development concept with the site owner Goldmix Ltd.

Discussions with potential occupiers have suggested that approximately 150 – 200 jobs will be created in Plymouth as a result of the proposed development which does not include indirect employment opportunities associated initially through the design/construction process with longer-term employment through service contracts, ongoing maintenance, supply chain etc. 


We would like to thank the team for all their efforts in getting the scheme across the line:

Transport & Flood Risk  – Jubb Engineering

Contamination – Ashfield Solutions Group

Landscape Architects & Ecologist – Cornwall Environmental Consultants (CEC) 

Noise Assessment and Air Quality Assessment – AVAL Consulting Group Ltd 

Archaeological Assessment – South West Archaeological Ltd

Retail Consultant – Mark Wood Associates 

Commercial Agent – Hedgeland Property Consultants