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Young people have their say on Sherford plans

19 April 2006

Young People from Plymouth and the South Hams have had the opportunity to help shape plans for the development of the proposed new town at Sherford.

More than 20 young people took part in a Youth Workshop organised by Devon County Council's Youth Service in conjunction with developers Red Tree, South Hams District Council and Plymouth City Council's Youth Service.

It was part of the extensive and ongoing consultation which has taken place with all sections of the community on the Sherford Proposals.

The young participants at the event had the opportunity to examine the latest plans for the new town and carry out site visits.

They were also asked for their views on the proposed development and for their input into how a range of facilities should be provided and tailored to meet the needs of young people and families, including:

  • The Community Park
  • Facilities for young people, including their ideas for a youth centre
  • Ideas for utilising the existing quarry on the site

Martyn Lonsdale, urban designer and landscape architect, who is a consultant for Red Tree, said: "We have worked hard to ensure that every section of the community has been involved in the masterplanning of the Sherford development and we felt it was important to have the views of young people too.

"The feedback we have had has been very positive and there is a real felling that we have the opportunity here to create a new community at Sherford with facilities that can benefit the existing communities in the South Hams and Plymouth."

Rahila Henderson, Quality and Development Team Leader for Devon Youth Service, said the youngsters attending the event had come from a variety of areas, including Plymouth, Ivybridge and the South Hams.

She added: "Today has been an opportunity for young people to say what they think is important in making a new town and the facilities they want to see in it. We have been very encouraged by the level of interest they have shown and the ideas they have come up with."

Stacey Lawrence, aged 15, from Plympton, said she had become involved in the event through her work with the Youth Forum at the Rees Youth and Community Centre.

"Everybody here realises the importance of the Sherford proposals and the opportunities that it is going to create. It's something that's not just going to affect us but also our children and that is why we have taken this opportunity to become involved."

Ashton Berry, aged 18, from Modbury, is currently studying for A-Levels at Ivybridge Community College.

He said: "Where I live there is nothing for teenagers to do and part of the problem is that when Modbury was designed it was not something which was even considered.

"It is important to get involved with the proposals for Sherford at this stage because we hope that by doing so we can have an impact on the new town. Sherford has the potential to offer lots of opportunities not just for the people living there but also for others around it to share in the facilities."

For further information, please contact:

John Casey
Deborah Clark Associates
01872 276276
Mobile: 07796 615864

Editor’s Notes

The Sherford area has been earmarked by the Devon Structure Plan and both South Hams District Council’s and Plymouth City Council’s emerging Local Development Frameworks as the location for a new community to include 4,000 new homes. It is anticipated an outline planning application will be submitted in 2006

The design and masterplanning process is being led by The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment and has involved extensive consultation with the local community including an Enquiry by Design event in October 2004, held on behalf of South Hams District Council, working in Partnership with Plymouth City Council and Devon County Council as well as the Highways Agency.

Throughout 2005 the Foundation led a series of technical workshops to refine the masterplan drawn up during the Enquiry by Design. Working with a wide range of local authorities, organisations and community groups, these workshops explored in detail issues such as the arrangement of streets, transport links, wide ranging community facilities including schools and health, sports and recreation, ecology, sustainability, open space and more.

The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment is an educational charity established by The Prince of Wales to teach and demonstrate in practice principles of traditional urban design and architecture which put people and communities at the centre of the design process. More information about the work of The Prince’s Foundation can be found at

Red Tree is a single purpose vehicle established solely to develop Sherford through a consensus led approach that avoids the conventional methodology for developing and managing new housing growth. Red Tree is engaged in a partnership with the Royal Bank of Scotland and the multi-disciplinary design and planning practice Scott Wilson.

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