A major milestone has been reached for the new community of Sherford, with the completion of the new main road linking to the development.
Partner organisations involved in the development of Sherford have worked together to construct Main Street, which was opened with a ceremony attended by MP Sir Gary Streeter today (Wednesday 7 October).
One section of the road has been built over the past 16 months by contractor Dyer and Butler, on behalf of Devon County Council, while the remaining section has been constructed by the Sherford Consortium.
The road now connects from the A38 Deep Lane Junction, through Sherford, to Haye Road in Elburton.
Eventually the road will be further expanded to accommodate a high street and homes will front the entire length. It will also provide the route for a new high-quality public transport link and walking and cycling paths will link from the town to other local communities.
Devon County Council Chairman Stuart Barker said: “The opening of this new road shows what can be achieved through partnership working. This is an important connection which now provides a convenient, direct link to Sherford from the A38 junction at Deep Lane. I’m sure it will be very much appreciated by local residents.”
Devon County Council Leader John Hart said: “It’s been vital to have this new road in place early in the life of Sherford in order to ease pressure on local surrounding roads, and I’m pleased to see that it’s now open. Our thanks must go to the contractor for delivering this project on time, especially considering the disruption that the coronavirus pandemic has had on so much this year.”
Sir Gary Streeter MP for South West Devon said: “The new town of Sherford has taken a number of years to rise out of the ground and it is vital that the support infrastructure, including the road network are put in place at this early stage. I think this will make a real difference for local people, not least providing a coherent link between the A38 and the A379. I very much welcome the opening of this high street and congratulate the County Council and the contractors for their excellent work.”
Main Street has been built as a collaborative project, working closely with the Sherford Consortium –a partnership between Taylor Wimpey and Vistry Partnerships, part of the Vistry Group – selling homes through the group’s housebuilding brands Linden Homes and Bovis Homes.
Bradley Davison, Managing Director of Vistry Partnerships South West, representing the Sherford Consortium, said: “This is a huge and important milestone for Sherford. Despite the challenges this year, everyone involved has worked tirelessly to deliver this crucial piece of infrastructure that is so central to Sherford’s vision. The completed Main Street opens Sherford up; it makes it easier than ever for residents to travel around the area and reach the A38, and it makes Sherford a more accessible destination for everyone.”
Sherford will eventually be home to over 12,000 people, four schools including a secondary school, high street and business park. More than 420 homes in Sherford are already occupied with over 1,000 residents.