Sherford May e-newsletter 
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Welcome to Sherford's May newsletter

Work is well and truly underway at Sherford, with the new community continuing to take shape. It has been a particularly busy couple of months, and we understand that now work is ramping up at Sherford and in the local area, there is naturally curiosity about how construction is progressing. 

Recent milestones include the completion of the infamous bat bridge, and launch of the Sherford Skills Training Scheme Portal – which you can read more about in this newsletter. You may have also spotted Sherford Consortium member, Wayne Bennett on ITV Westcountry News providing an update on the building of the new community.

Works are progressing well and on schedule, and we would like to thank all those living locally for their continued understanding and patience. You can continue to stay up to date with the latest Sherford news, from traffic updates to construction milestones, by visiting
Building a new town is no mean feat, taking years of craftsmanship on top of years of careful preparation. Sherford is set to be a revolutionary new community with its development spanning two decades, and we understand that many people are keen to know what exactly is happening and what is coming up.

We can also assure you that while there may not be bricks and mortar on site quite yet (although this will happen very soon), there is a lot happening! You can find out exactly what works are taking place, as well as the true scale of the build, by reading our latest blog post from Sherford Consortium member, Wayne Bennett. Read it here.

In addition, the website now features a timeline showcasing exactly what has been achieved so far and what is coming up for Sherford over the next year, from the opening of the first Sherford primary school applications, to the first show home. Read it here.  
An impressive new bridge was installed earlier this month at Sherford – all in the name of bats! The wooden ‘bat bridge’ is designed to help and protect the local bat population, of which there are at least 14 species in Sherford.
Lowered into place this month, the striking wooden bridge crosses the main road in the town – like a pedestrian footbridge would. Grass and plants will cover the top, mimicking the look of the local, surrounding landscape to create a ‘wildlife corridor’ across the road. It will screen out light from the road, helping bats to navigate safely.
We are dedicated to ensuring that Sherford is a community built by local people, whilst also serving to further enhance the region and its economy. That’s why we are continuing to strengthen regional trade links by harnessing the best in local expertise with numerous South West businesses supporting the monumental town build at every stage of its development. With the new town set to be one of the most thriving in the region, we think it’s essential to invest locally. Providing our backing to local firms as well as providing long term employment opportunities can only help strengthen the regional economy that Sherford will be part of.

It is expected that £1bn will be invested in the construction of Sherford and a further £2bn injected into the local area, and who knows the local area better than those that have live and work here. Find out who is working at Sherford, by reading the full story here.

Alongside City College Plymouth and South Devon College, we are now providing training, work experience and, via contractors, long-term employment opportunities during every phase of the Sherford development, through our Skills Training Scheme. The Scheme was developed to help people gain new skills, boost the local construction industry, and help young people find work.

The Skills Training Scheme provides access to training in various areas of construction, such as groundworks, roofing, carpentry, plastering, plumbing and bricklaying. Participants will also gain practical experience knowledge of health and safety, large scale development processes and onsite communication. 

To be involved in one of the country’s most innovative new community developments, and create a lasting legacy, register your interest today via our new online portal here
We endeavour to ensure that you know the latest news and milestones at every stage, and some of you may have already received our postcard detailing how to do so. This includes traffic news, and you can find out the latest updates by visiting

Local councils have also joined forces to update residents in surrounding areas about the latest developments on the site, via social media using the Twitter hashtag #sherfordupdate. South Hams District Council, Plymouth City Council and Devon County Council will be using their Twitter channels to post the latest Sherford news, including archaeology finds, traffic updates, works information, skills and training opportunities, interesting pictures, news and events.
Bat Bridge installed over main road in new town of Sherford. Read it here.
£3bn bonanza from Sherford new town. Read it here.
Starting gun fired on controversial new town. Read it here.
How Sherford development could be the new Poundbury as launch-pad for business. Read it here.

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