PressMonday 27th July 2015
LANDMARK PLANNING APPROVAL FOR NEW DEVON TOWN
Launch of the Sherford Consortium, as developers join forces to bring new community to life
Sherford, a major new town being created in the heart of the South Hams, has today received crucial planning approval from South Hams District Council and Plymouth City Council.
Reserved matters planning consent has been granted, giving the green light to the finer detail of the community, including housing design, landscaping plans, environmental considerations and transport links. It brings the construction of the new town closer than ever before.
Alongside this announcement comes the official launch of the Sherford Consortium, a partnership of three renowned housebuilders responsible for the creation of 5,500 homes and 83,000 square metres of schools, shops, community spaces, leisure facilities, parks and places of worship.
The Sherford Consortium is made up of award-winning firms Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Taylor Wimpey, who are working together to create this unique, sustainable and historic town. Responsible for the future of Sherford, the consortium will lead the design and build, protect the vision for the community, and ensure that it meets high quality standards.
One of a handful of Government backed major housing developments, Sherford has been in planning for over 20 years but progress is now gathering pace. And given this latest stage of planning consent, construction will soon commence. It is expected that £1bn will be invested in the construction of Sherford, which will have a considerable positive impact on the local economy.
Wayne Bennett, South West Sales and Marketing Director, Bovis Homes said: “This milestone marks a significant moment for Sherford and we are delighted at the support received from both the local community and council. The Sherford Consortium is committed to building a new community, contributing to both the identity and economy of the region.”
Nigel Palmer, Managing Director, Linden Homes South West said: “Sherford is not just about building a housing development, it’s about creating a new way of life in one of Devon’s finest countryside spots. As the gateway to South Hams, the town will include high quality travel links, employment, leisure facilities, open spaces and homes. Alongside the other Consortium members, we look forward to Sherford taking shape and endeavour to create a county town open to everyone.”
Clare Brimble, Sales Director, Taylor Wimpey adds: “The Sherford Consortium is working with some of the UK’s finest architects, designers and craftsmen, as well as local residents and experts, to ensure that the vision of a sustainable and vibrant Devon community is brought to life. We are extremely proud to be a part of such a prestigious development and making history in Devon.”
The brand new community supports the Government’s desire for increased levels of house building across the country. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the Government’s national housing and regeneration agency, has so far invested over £32 million in Sherford.
Ian Knight, Head of Area for the HCA, said: “There is a real need for housing across Devon. By setting up a consortium like this, and working with the HCA, three of the country’s largest house builders are showing a clear commitment to speeding up development and building much-needed homes for local people.
Also under construction is the official community website, which will provide in-depth information and regular news on Sherford. Those interested in keeping abreast of developments will also be able to sign up to a newsletter via the website at www.sherford.org.
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About Bovis Homes
Bovis Homes are one of the UK's most successful housebuilders. We are proud of the reputation we have established for the quality of our build and design, our high specification and our dedicated customer service.
Our portfolio ranges from one and two bedroom apartments to five and six bedroom, detached family homes. The designs of our homes and construction techniques blend tradition with innovation, creating well-built homes with modern living standards.
Our company was founded in London in 1885 and we have since expanded our operations across England and Wales, becoming a PLC in 1997 and members of the FTSE 250 and the FTSE4Good indices.
About Linden Homes, Galliford Try’s Housebuilding Division
Linden Homes is Galliford Try’s award-winning housebuilding division and is the fifth largest residential developer in the UK, specialising in high quality, individually designed schemes across the country.
The company was awarded Housebuilder of the Year at the Ideal Home Show Blue Ribbon Awards 2014, for the second consecutive year. Linden Homes was also named Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year at the What House? Awards 2014.
Forecasting to sell over 3,000 homes annually, Linden Homes holds a landbank of over 13,000 plots and is committed to the redevelopment of brownfield sites. The company is also leading the way in sustainable construction with its flagship development, Graylingwell Park in Chichester, a joint venture with Affinity Sutton and the Home and Communities Agency and one of the UK's largest zero carbon schemes.
Linden Homes builds homes from Cornwall to Lincolnshire and from West Sussex to Northumberland. www.lindenhomes.co.uk.
About Taylor Wimpey
Taylor Wimpey has a range of offers to help first time buyers purchase a home of their own and in 2014 it sold 35% of its homes to first time buyers.
Taylor Wimpey’s Customer Service Charter is fully compliant with the 2010 Consumer Code.
Taylor Wimpey does much more than build homes; it strives to make a positive contribution to both local communities and the local area. In 2014 Taylor Wimpey contributed £300 million to local communities in which it builds across the UK via planning obligations, providing local infrastructure, affordable homes, public transport and education.
Taylor Wimpey is committed to a continuous programme of engagement with local communities throughout the lifetime of a development. It is focused on making its public consultation and engagement process on new sites increasingly transparent, accessible and consistent.
Taylor Wimpey continues to innovate with its range of house designs on developments across the UK. Its range is designed to be high quality and extremely energy efficient. The house types are very flexible with different internal layouts and a wide range of exteriors that will complement local landscapes and streetscapes.
For further information please visit www.taylorwimpey.co.uk.
About the HCA
The HCA is the Government’s national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England and manages around 8,900ha of land.
In 2014/15 the HCA:
· Helped build more than 50,000 new homes in England through its investments and land
· Helped complete a further 27,785 homes through Help to Buy equity loans, designed to help people into home ownership
· Made enough public sector land available to create more than 8,000 new homes.