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Starting gun fired on controversial new town

Welcome to Sherford - where five farms are becoming 5,000 homes.

The first few months of the £1billion project have been focussed on the infrastructure needed for the first 500 properties - drains, sewers and pipes.

Alongside the homes, the town will eventually feature a sports centre, shops and a school.

People should start moving in as early as next year.

From the air you can see where the next three phases of Sherford will be built. Credit: ITV West Country

Opposition to the new town stretches back more than 15 years when the idea was first proposed to combine the housing needs of Plymouth and the South Hams in a new community.

Work eventually started here last summer. Now diggers and dumpers are reshaping the land, but this is just a small corner of a vast site. Over twenty years, Sherford will spread over the equivalent of 600 football pitches.

From the air you can see where the next three phases of Sherford will be built. Credit: ITV West Country

We should have our first people living on this site next year, but the scale of the development should see us through for the next two decades.

– Wayne Bennett, sales director Bovis Homes

Sherford will be similar in size and population to the nearby town of Ivybridge.

The design of the buildings is based on Plympton St Maurice - they'll look a bit Georgian. Around 12,000 people are expected to move here.

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