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Red Tree welcomes decision on Sherford by Planning Committees.

10 August 2009

Background and project update

A resolution to grant the Sherford planning application was passed by both Plymouth City Council and South Hams District Council in April 2008. This encompassed the outline planning application for Sherford and a detailed application for the ‘Main Street’ phase of development.

The market downturn has presented Sherford with a considerable challenge and the Local Planning Authorities and Red Tree have focussed considerable resource and time on meeting this challenge. The commitment is to ensure the delivery of Sherford but not at the expense of the key elements of the vision as expressed in policy and Red Tree’s planning application.

As a result, an addendum to the planning application was submitted to Plymouth and South Hams Councils in May 2009. Proposals included a rephasing of the development, changes to the approach to affordable housing and a flexible approach to the phasing of infrastructure. The aim is to enable Sherford to be deliverable in the current economic climate, with a start on site as early as 2010, while sustaining the original vision for Sherford.

Significantly it also makes the development much more attractive for public funding within current funding cycles.

South Hams Development Control Committee on Friday July 31 2009 resolved to approve the revised planning application for the majority of the land lying within the South Hams boundary.

Plymouth City Council planners unanimously approved the revised planning application for the balance of the development at their Planning Committee meeting on Thursday August 6.

Comment

James Koe, partner with Red Tree, said: “We have set the highest of standards for Sherford and want it to be an example to the rest of the county on how to create a vibrant and sustainable new community.

“The economic downturn is a huge challenge but we have worked closely with the local authorities to find a way of delivering Sherford in the current market without compromising this vision.

“A lower level of affordable housing in Phase 1 was among proposals to enable us to get on site next year to deliver the first new homes and community facilities. Our intention, backed up by formal agreements with the local planning authorities, is that as the market recovers the proportion of affordable housing will increase back towards originally planned levels.”

For more information contact:

John Casey
Deborah Clark Associates
01208 77900
john.casey@dca-pr.co.uk

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