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On 2nd January 2017, the Government announced plans for a number of new Garden Villages and Towns across the country, including Culm Garden Village.
The long term plan for the Garden Village is to deliver up to 5,000 sustainable new homes, as well as employment, shops, schools, healthcare facilities and leisure opportunities including the potential for new sports facilities and a country park. The development will help to improve connections to the M5 motorway and deliver the long-awaited town centre relief road, and will provide benefits in terms of natural flood management. There is also an ambition to re-open Cullompton railway station and improve bus transport.
Part of the garden village is proposed to be allocated for development under the Mid Devon Local Plan Review (1,750 houses to 2033, and at least 850 after that). However, the wider ambition is to create a new community of up to 5,000 houses and the remainder of the land is intended to be allocated through a later development plan such as the next Mid Devon Local Plan Review.
The garden village project will be locally-led. The project is supported by Cullompton Town Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and a lot of work has already been done with community groups in thinking about the new community and its relationship to Cullompton.
The next steps are to agree a vision for the Garden Village and a number of key principles by which it will be developed and to start to masterplan the Garden Village as a whole.
See the Masterplanning page for more information.