Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Drop appeal and consult residents - Labour to Eye Infirmary developer

Today, Cllr Chaz Singh and myself have sent an open letter signed by local residents to Eagle One, the owners of the Royal Eye Infirmary. We are calling on them to drop their planning appeal and immediately begin a consultation with local residents about the future of the Eye Infirmary site.


Chaz and I believe the developers of the Royal Eye Infirmary should drop the appeal to the Government Planning Inspector and begin consulting local people. 

The Government Planning Inspector is now considering representations about the Eye Infirmary. The public consultation about the appeal closed at the end of January and residents now await the inspector’s decision. 

Eagle One have consistently chosen to ignore the valid concerns of local people. They’re giving developers a bad name by their out of touch style and arrogant approach to developing the Eye Infirmary. Eagle One should drop their planning appeal and start consulting local people about their plans for the Eye Infirmary.

Cllr Chaz Singh, Labour ward councillor for Drake, said:

“The Eye Infirmary is a much loved building and people feel strongly about its future. When the developers had their plans for their inappropriate student block turned down by the City Council I had hoped they would have spoken to local people. The silence from the developer has been deafening. Instead of consulting and talking with local people they chose to appeal a sound and sensible unanimous decision by the Planning Committee. My message is simple: drop your appeal and consult local residents.”

Open Letter to Eagle One

You can read our open letter to Eagle One here. The text is also copied below:


Dear Eagle One,

As community campaigners and residents who live near the old Royal Eye Infirmary we are writing to ask you to withdraw your planning appeal and engage in meaningful consultation with the local community about the future of the site.

We were disappointed that you have consistently ignored our calls to speak to local people about your plans. We believe you have missed an opportunity to have an open and honest dialogue with the local community that would have been beneficial.

When planning permission was turned down by Plymouth City Council for your five storey 164 bedroom student block we had hoped you would recognise the importance and value of consultation and engagement with local residents. You chose not to.

We now call on you to end your appeal against the unanimous decision of Plymouth City Council's Planning Committee and begin an immediate consultation with residents. 

Cllr Chaz Singh

Luke Pollard

Lynsay Higgins Karen Pope

Ian Norton

John Naismith

John Petrie

Abbie Petrie 

Lynsay Higgins 

Sandra McCullough 

Christine Rose 

Paul Bennett 

Nicholas Farrell

Monica Doidge 

William Doidge 

Geraldine Farrell 

James Goulbourn 

Rosemary Corlett 

Margaret Popplestone 

Wendy Bennett

Pete Stuttard 

Jakki Brady 

Georgina Clarke 

Ian Anderson 

Paul McNamara 

W H Taite

P E Taite


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The Herald has a piece about our open letter to Eagle One where the developer makes clear they intend to push ahead with their appeal. They make no mention of consulting local people.

Eagle One really ought to think carefully about how they're acting as they're showing themselves to be hopelessly out of touch and distant. It's time they had a change of approach. Consulting local people should not be an optional extra but an absolutely necessary part of finding the right solution for any given development site. Their arrogance in refusing to do so is very disappointing. 


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