2 January 2017

Lightwood to develop the UK’s first locally lead garden village

Earlier today the government announced new plans to develop a garden village on land to the east of Cullompton in Devon. Culm Garden Village is being developed by Lightwood on behalf of the landowners and is the result of close consultation with Mid Devon District Council, the local council and the Cullompton community.

Lightwood Director, James Turner said, ‘Culm Garden Village presents a locally led, feasible and deliverable garden village. We have worked with all the key stakeholders to create an opportunity to deliver much needed road infrastructure along with homes and jobs. Lightwood will continue to work with Mid Devon District Council and the local community to design a place that reflects the location and needs of the people of Cullompton and wider communities

Culm Garden Village will be located to the east of Junction 28 off the M5 which offers excellent transport links and is within commuting distance of Taunton and Exeter.With support from local Cullompton residents, the proposal includes the reopening of Cullompton railway station just 1 mile away and assists in the delivery of the new Devon Metro service running from Wellington to Exeter.

The location in Mid Devon is a prime growth area and will deliver 2,100 homes by 2033, rising to 2,600 as the village matures. The village will include starter homes, affordable housing, schools, shops, commercial space and a significant area of open space along with a sports hub.

Councillor Richard Chesterton, Mid Devon Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration said ‘This is good news for Cullompton. Mid Devon District Council’s proposal for a garden village recognises the ambition within the community to improve the local environment and will allow comprehensive planning for quality new homes whilst also helping to address some of the most challenging environmental issues in the Cullompton area. The District Council looks forward to working with Lightwood and the local community over this exciting project’. 

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