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06 Aug 2019
Thumbs Up from Sherford Residents
A recent survey of 230 Sherford households has now closed and the results are in.
It has been nearly four years since the first brick was laid at Sherford and two years since the first residents started calling Sherford home.
As the new community begins to take shape, the joint councils and Consortium of housebuilders involved in the delivery of the town decided to conduct Sherford’s first community survey to better understand who is living in the town, their needs and their views on community life.
The survey was carried out by South Hams District Council, in partnership with the Sherford Consortium, Devon County and Plymouth City Councils.
Nearly 50% of residents took time to complete the survey, and the results gained will be used to forecast the community’s future needs.
In a quick snapshot, this is what they told us:
> Sherford is a young and thriving family town
> 75% of people living in Sherford moved from within a 10 miles radius – they are predominantly local people with young families who also work locally
> 90% said they enjoy living in Sherford
> Of those 90%, they said that their home and their community were some of the best things about living in Sherford
The survey asked questions about the families who live in the houses, their reasons for moving, the homes that they live in, how they travel for healthcare, work, shopping and leisure, what transport they currently use, what they like, what they don’t like and their thoughts on the new community.
From the survey’s findings, residents said they were especially keen to have a play area and community meeting space, both of which are planned for Sherford. The housebuilders have listened to this feedback and a new gated and landscaped space has been created for resident families to use as a play area this summer – and it is hoped Sherford’s first playground will follow soon.
The primary school, delivered by the house builders and Devon County Council, now has 148 children registered and has been successful in attracting families to Sherford.
South Hams District Council’s Ward Member for Brixton and Wembury, Cllr Dan Brown, said: “The survey results are really fascinating. I was really happy to see that residents who moved to Sherford for the chance to have a brand new home; to be part of a new community and for the location, are getting exactly what they moved here for.
“However, there are still things to do and we are listening to what residents have to say. They have told us that what they really want now is a place to meet up and somewhere for the children to play, so these facilities are now going to be brought forward quicker than previously planned.”
Now that the results have been shared with the community, this data will be used to work with partners who are involved in the delivery of Sherford so they have the best information from the community, to help shape their future facilities, in line with those already agreed during the planning process.
By monitoring trends as the community develops, this will provide opportunities for the community to give feedback on all aspects of life at Sherford to the developers and partners involved.
Plymouth City Council’s, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, Mark Coker, said: “We have come so far, from a position where there was nothing there, to a growing community of individuals who have all been brought together for the first time. We feel it is important to take time to pause and understand the people who live there and their emerging community.
“This is the first of what I am sure will be many community engagement surveys as the town grows.”
Councillor John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council, said: "The community of Sherford is growing every day and it is important that they are part of shaping its future. This initial snapshot of life in Sherford highlights what the residents enjoy the most about living there and what facilities they would most like to see in the town. I am delighted that Sherford is providing homes for people in the local area - with the majority of residents moving to Sherford from less than 10 miles away. The school has also been an important milestone for the community and I look forward to many more facilities being developed."
Emma Colin from the Sherford Consortium, said: “Hundreds of people have already made Sherford their home and it is developing into a thriving, happy community – as the resident survey clearly shows.
“At the heart of what makes Sherford such an incredible place to live is its residents, and we are delighted with their positive feedback and recognise their hopes and needs for the future. So much more is planned for Sherford as it grows, and we are committed to making this a place people are proud of.”
Find out more about the survey here
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