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16 May 2022

Sherford’s story continues: new phase brings yet more green space and community facilities

The story of Sherford is moving into its second chapter, with work underway on a huge expansion to the green space and number of homes in the new community. Work has now started on phase 2D of the development, which will see a significant amount of new homes built, alongside a huge extension to the Country Park, and space for a range of exciting community facilities.  
This crucial second stage of the town’s development will continue to bring the Sherford vision to life; creating a town with 5,500 homes, array of community amenities, and virtually as much green space as buildings. This is being delivered by the Sherford Consortium (a partnership between Taylor Wimpey and Vistry Partnerships; part of the Vistry Group, which includes Bovis Homes and Linden Homes) and Cannon Kirk Homes.  
Phase 2D sees Sherford move in a new direction; diversifying the design and feel of the new homes, facilities and shared spaces with contemporary Devon style to complement the existing traditional architecture. Of the 769 homes built in this phase, 155 will be affordable.  These homes will bring the total amount with planning consent to 1,430, as the town’s construction continues to gather pace. Work on phase 2D has now started and is expected to take around two years to complete. 
Green space on the doorstep 

The next chapter will see a modern style incorporated within the new green spaces based in residential areas, with play spaces and public gardens located within walking distance of homes. Rest, relaxation and play are key themes in phase 2D, and these areas will be designed to encourage people to meet and socialise outdoors. 
One of the most significant sustainable features of this next phase is the creation of an ‘edible edge’, running along the southern side. It will include community gardens, an orchard, and allotments with raised beds for wheelchair users. It includes a ‘nuttery’; an orchard with difference, dedicated to growing a variety of nuts, such as hazelnuts, walnuts and cob nuts. This area will form a perfect link between the town with the surrounding natural landscape.  
Conserving and improving bio-diversity is central to Sherford. The landscaping will include planting young birches to combat carbon emissions and creating winter food stores of grasses and wild berries. This will help ensure Sherford is one of the most ecologically diverse locations in the region. For those living or visiting the parkland, there will be plenty of quiet corners and winding paths to explore and observe local wildlife.  
Country Park expansion 

Sherford’s Country Park is set to grow significantly, rising to a total of 210 hectares of green space. It will offer plenty of opportunities for active, recreational use and have a huge amount to offer all ages. It will also celebrate the natural environment, with wetlands and wildflower meadows, local livestock grazing on dedicated neighbouring pastures, and a vast new woodland area to explore.  
This picturesque area puts nature at its core, with parks and play spaces all easily accessible to local families, while those looking to get active can take advantage of multiple running, walking and mountain bike tracks, as well as a direct link to the National Cycle Network.    
The vision for this park expansion is that in the future it can also provide flexible spaces for community activities, including the potential for a community farm and indoor meeting, exhibition or group event space, subject to future plans.  
Creating Sherford 

Peter Tannian at Vistry Partnerships, part of the Sherford Consortium said: “This next stage of Sherford will cement it as a place that people want to visit, meet and be active – as every aspect has been designed to bring people together. While meeting today’s demands for modern, flexible spaces and homes, Sherford will always be a place constructed around community values, with shared outdoor areas being central to its success. It is already an extraordinary destination, and will become a one-of-a-kind place to live, work and socialise.”  
Ian Pugsley, Taylor Wimpey, part of the Sherford Consortium said: “Sherford has already made history in so many ways, and it is a tremendous achievement to begin work on what is set to be one of the most exciting phases of its creation. Our focus has always been to create a sustainable community and – with acres of accessible green space, contemporary homes and the potential for a range of community facilities – this new chapter contains everything needed for a modern town to thrive.” 

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