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Gove refuses to set deadline for investi...

Michael Gove has refused to set a deadline for an independent report on allegations of “corruption, wrongdoing and illegality” at Teesworks, the industrial development within the government’s high-profile freeport project. The levelling up secretary ordered a review into financial dealings and governance at the joint venture between Tory Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen’s South Tees […]

Freeport project comes under scrutiny

Decision-makers in the South Hams have been urged to set aside their doubts about a new tax-busting ‘freeport’ zone in Plymouth. “It’s there whether we like it or not,” Cllr John Birch (Lib Dem, Totnes) told a meeting of the South Hams district council (SHDC) last week. “The question is whether or not we wish […]

Dartmoor at risk!

Does Lib Dem-led South Hams Council know what the Freeport really means for our wild spaces? Jim Funnell questions whether the council is in control of the full facts… Last week I wrote to all the South Hams councillors with wards bordering on Dartmoor. I expressed my concern that South Hams District Council has failed […]

Land deal to unlock jobs at key Freeport...

A parcel of land at Sherford is to be acquired by South Hams District Council to help progress plans for a key Freeport tax site and unlock hundreds of jobs. A key local company is interested in developing a logistics facility on land at the edge of Sherford, which could create a base for hundreds of […]

Doubts over Plymouth freeport project

Councillors urged to set aside their doubts Decision-makers in the South Hams have been urged to set aside their doubts about a new tax-busting ‘freeport’ zone in Plymouth. “It’s there whether we like it or not,” Cllr John Birch (Lib Dem, Totnes) told a meeting of the district council. “The question is whether or not […]

Funding for Langage Green Hydrogen Hub s...

Carlton Power (owners of Langage Energy Park), a leading developer of renewable energy projects, has announced that it has successfully secured funding for its Langage Green Hydrogen Hub, a major project that will play a key role in the development of the UK’s hydrogen economy and that will be based on the Langage site of […]

Devon freeport to get £3.5m of land for

A Devon council has been given £3.5m to buy a parcel of land which authorities say could help generate hundreds of jobs. An unnamed local company wants to set up warehousing, storage and engineering space on the 19.5-acre (7.9-hectare) site in the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport area near Sherford, said Plymouth City Council. The […]

Massive £3.5m land deal on edge of Plymo

A £3.5m deal has been approved so land on the edge of Plymouth can be bought to create a tax-break freeport site. Plymouth City Council will supply the cash to another authority, South Hams District Council, so it can purchase the plot from house-building companies at Sherford. The land is earmarked as one of the […]

A freeport in Plymouth will make it easi...

Friday 17 November saw the West Country Voices live debate on Plymouth & South Devon Freeport. Held within the spectacular St Mary’s Church in Totnes, the event was attended by around 80 people in person and an even larger number online. The livestream was not without some problems, but it was an ambitious project, blending remote contributions […]