Plymouth History centre funding bid submitted

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Image caption Plymouth City Council has already committed £5m towards the centre

A bid to secure lottery cash to develop a history centre for Plymouth has been submitted by the city council.

The plans would see the existing museum on North Hill transformed into a "cutting edge" attraction three times its existing size.

The authority has pledged £5m and is seeking £12.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Councillor Peter Smith, the deputy leader, said it would be a "not to be missed" attraction.

He added: "We are really pleased to be in the running for funding and we've made good progress since August when we first committed £5m to the History Centre, but we've got some way to go yet."

Plans include uniting five separate heritage collections into one single location by refurbishing the listed buildings on North Hill, which also houses the library, as well as building a new extension.

The lottery will announce which projects have secured cash in August 2015.

If successful work could begin in 2016.

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