Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Eye Infirmary Campaign gathers pace


Plans to redevelop the Royal Eye Infirmary to include student accommodation are "not suitable for the site" according to Labour's Luke Pollard. Luke and Cllr Chaz Singh are running a campaign along with local people to oppose plans by the owners of the site, Eagle One, to include over 150 student rooms in the redeveloped site.

On July 12 Luke and Chaz organised the first public meeting about plans to change the approved scheme for the Royal Eye Infirmary site from flats and retirement properties to flats and student accommodation.

The second public meeting was held on Saturday 16 August and discussed grounds that the plans could be objected on. After that meeting a letter summarising the objections was sent to the City Council from Luke and Chaz on behalf of the community. You can read that letter here.


Objection letter summarising the two public meetings about to be handed into the City Council on behalf of residents.


Today the letter of objection signed by Luke and Cllr Singh was formally handed into the City Council's planning department lodging the concerns of local residents. The deadline for residents to send in their objections to the City Council is 19 August 2014.

Thank you to all the local residents who have shared their concerns, participated in the meetings and helped us campaign to stop the Eye Infirmary site being turned into student accommodation. Plymouth needs more good quality well-managed student accommodation but this is the wrong site for it and I oppose plans by the developer to turn a large part of this site into more student accommodation."

- Luke Pollard

The campaign will continue and we will be making a forceful case against this application at the Planning Committee meeting in September. If you have any strong views about the development of the Royal Eye Infirmary site please let me know by emailing me:



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