Sherford Valley new town proposals given go-ahead

Artist's impression of housing in Sherford
Image caption Building could start in the next 18 months, said South Hams District Council

Plans to build thousands of homes in a new Devon community have been approved by South Hams District Council.

Developer Red Tree's plans include 5,500 homes in Sherford Valley on the east side of Plymouth.

Plymouth City Council also has to approve the plans which South Hams said would deliver "much-needed housing".

Objectors say the plans have been watered down with fewer affordable homes and community facilities and a reduction in public transport plans.

The town, which would be a similar size to Totnes, includes three primary schools, a secondary school and a health centre as well as land for retail and business, a community park, and two wind turbines.

Plans for Sherford were first launched more than 15 years ago and outline planning was granted in 2008, but development was thwarted by the downturn in the economy.

South Hams hopes construction will start in the next 18 months.

The first phase of about 2,750 homes, of which 15% will be classed as affordable, will take about five years.

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