A Garden Village of up to 5,000 new homes and new employment opportunities requires good infrastructure and connections. The Garden Village will provide new schools, healthcare, sports, leisure and community facilities and there is an ambition for the development to take advantage of the latest technology and fast broadband connections.
The Garden Village will feature green space and water for leisure and wildlife, known as green and blue infrastructure, for example a country park. Provision of this green and blue infrastructure will play an important part in how the Garden Village develops. It will act as not only a leisure facility but also to reduce flood risk, improve air and water quality and provide wildlife habitats.
A survey of local communities took place in June 2021 asking what features people would like to see in a new country park. A summary of the survey results is available from the link at the bottom of this page.
One of our key challenges is to ensure that the Garden Village is integrated with Cullompton, both physically and socially.
There is a need for additional road infrastructure to serve the Garden Village and Cullompton.
Planning permission has been granted for a new town centre relief road to relieve congestion in the town centre and at the motorway junction. Mid Devon District Council has been awarded £10 million towards the cost of delivering this road and is continuing to seek additional finance.
Longer term there is a need to deliver significant improvements to M5 motorway connections to increase its capacity and to allow the Garden Village to be delivered. The precise nature of this significant improvement has yet to be finalised and could take the form of a new overbridge with motorway slip roads. The Council is working closely with National Highways and Devon County Council to consider a number of options and to ensure these improvements are appropriately designed. Public consultation will take place in due course.
We are also working towards re-opening Cullompton Railway Station and Network Rail anticipate that the station will be open in 2025. The new station would be part of the Devon Metro line and would link to another new station proposed for Wellington.
The Culm Garden Village Future Mobility Strategy recognises that mobility and transportation will go through significant change in the future and looks at opportunities for new, more sustainable, mobility solutions. The report is available from a link at the bottom of this page.
More details on each of these projects will be published as they progress, and links from this website will be provided.