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View of the Sherford valley
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Sherford is a new town under construction in Devon, England. Part of the land for development lies within Plymouth and the rest with the South Hams.

Development on the site was originally due to start in 2007 and its first 300 dwellings were to be built in 2009. In September 2014, the construction of the new town started on the first 700 homes after South Hams council accepted a new planning application in December 2011,[1] formal planning permission was granted on 12 November 2013.[2]

Homes will be built by a number of developers including Taylor Wimpey, Linden Homes and Bovis Homes, with the entire development being funded in part by a £30 million government grant. A new swimming pool will also be built in the town, which will be the closest pool to the residents of Plymstock.[1] It will include three primary schools, one secondary school, a library, a youth centre, a health centre. In total, the new town is expected to create 7000 new jobs.[3]

Once completed, it is expected to have 5,500 dwellings built over the period of 20 years.[2] Over 1000 of the houses will be "low cost" due to the high discrepancy between house prices and wages in the area.[4] The town planning will use traditional urbanisation to make the town carbon neutral by constructing energy efficient buildings and laying out the town so that people live close to a main street. The aim is that shops, schools and businesses will be within walking distance of residents' homes.[5] Whilst excavating the site, an ancient settlement was discovered, believed to be over 3000 years old.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Work starts on first 700 homes at Sherford new town after 15 years planning". Plymouth Herald. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Sherford New Community". South Hams District Council. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Waddington, Sarah (24 February 2016). "Inside Sherford: Look around new town on edge of Plymouth with exclusive videos and pictures". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Can Sherford solve the shortage of affordable homes?". ITV News. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Hope for a Change". Quirks and Quarks. 2008-06-21. Archived from the original on 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 

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