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Picnic to be held at Devils Point in protest against developer's car …

A picnic will be held at a former reservoir to show developers ‘how much it is loved’ by the community.

Urban Splash want to turn the Grade II Listed reservoir at Devils Point into a car park, to help service the Royal William Yard and a new luxury hotel.

Earlier this month the Stonehouse Residents’ Association promised to fight Urban Splash’s plans by setting up a petition.

And now a family picnic has been organised at the green space, in a bid to prove just how popular the waterfront oasis is to locals and tourists alike.

A Facebook group called ‘Save Devils Point’ has been set up and an event created for the picnic, which anyone can attend.

It says: ‘We have arranged this family picnic to show the council and Urban Splash how much this green space is loved by the Plymouth community and it needs to stay as it is for everyone to enjoy for generations to come.

‘Bring yourselves and your families, your picnics, blankets, etc and come and join us at this event.’

The Grade II listed reservoir was used by water boats to fill up navy ships during the Second World War, and these days is used as a grassy play park.

Urban Splash says it is the “most appropriate place” for extra car parking spaces, but the residents’ association’s secretary Ron Smith disagrees.

“They are continually looking for extra car parking space, but to take over the reservoir is ridiculous,” he said.

“We want them to use shuttle buses from Stonehouse Creek when they have major events on.”

A spokeswoman for Urban Splash said “not everyone” can reach the attraction by public transport.

She said: “The final phases of Royal William Yard include Melville, which at 100,000 sq ft is one of the largest and most beautiful buildings.

“Whilst we actively promote various transport options to help people visit the area, such as bus routes, our ferry service, our bike scheme or on foot, not everyone can reach us in those ways.

“An element of parking is therefore inevitable with any new planning application at the Yard. However with limited land, we believe that the reservoir is the most appropriate place for additional spaces.

“We have dismissed other suggested alternatives, such as a multi storey within the estate or the loss of the green, both of which we strongly believe would be too detrimental to the beautiful surroundings.

“In our decade plus of working at the Yard we’ve continued to put great design and the considerations of our residents and visitors at the heart of our plans; we understand that there will be sensitivities around the reservoir but hope our recent processes in installing the nursery car park, demonstrate our sensitive approach.”

The picnic will be held on Sunday, September 11 from 12pm– 3pm.

What do you think of the plans? Comments below.

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