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New Devon market town comes a step closer

Progress continues to be made on a new market town for Devon, with the formation of a group of housebuilders and the formal consolidation of the land into the consortium.In November, planning permission was granted for the Sherford community, located five miles to the east of Plymouth city centre. The 1,200-acre site is now under the control of the consortium, featuring Red Tree, the project founder, and a number of other developers including Taylor Wimpey, Linden Homes and Bovis Homes.Sherford will be situated primarily in South Hams, a few miles south of Dartmoor and close to the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is designed to be a traditional Devon town, featuring a high street, market square and neighbourhood centres.The development will feature 5,500 new homes, from one-bedroom apartments through to five-bedroom houses. At least 550 of the first 2,750 units built will be affordable housing.Facilities, which will be easily accessible to residents, include a community park, a library, a youth centre, a health centre, a children’s centre and a place of worship. The town's layout has been designed to encourage walking and cycling and a high-quality bus service will connect Sherford with Plymouth.Some 12,000 residents will be able to call Sherford home when it is complete and it will support around 5,000 jobs. The local economy is set to benefit from hundreds of jobs created during construction.Colin Molton, HCA executive director for the south and south west, said: "This vitally important development will make a huge difference in meeting the need for new and affordable homes in Devon and Plymouth and provide a major boost to the South West’s economy. After years of work by partners to get to this stage, this is going to be a big year for Sherford. I am looking forward to seeing work starting on site soon."Funding of £32 million has been provided by the Homes and Communities Agency to assist with the development of infrastructure and community facilities. 

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