What is a garden village?

On 2nd January 2017, the Government announced plans for a number of new Garden Villages and Towns across the country, including Culm Garden Village. These new settlements are to provide a modern take on the traditional Garden Cities movement that has its roots in the late 19th Century. Garden villages are meant to be different. They are new communities rather than just housing developments on the edge of existing communities and are designed around a number of key principles. For the 21st Century, Garden Villages continue to focus on providing excellent access to services and jobs within a healthy, well connected and green environment.

Each garden village, including Culm, will create its own vision and principles developed through engagement with the community and embedded into the project and which will seek to support the creation of an ambitious example of a modern new community that is appropriate for Mid Devon and Cullompton.


Why Culm Garden Village?

The Government has confirmed garden village status for land to the east of the M5 motorway at Cullompton. The long term plans for the garden village are to deliver up to 5,000 new homes, as well as employment, shops, schools, healthcare facilities and leisure opportunities including the potential for new sports facilities and country park.  The garden village will help to deliver M5 J28 motorway improvements and 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). However, the wider ambition is to create a new community of up to 5,000 houses and the remainder of the land will need to be allocated in future plans – potentially through the emerging Greater Exeter Strategic Plan and will be subject to extensive public consultation throughout the creation of the proposals.


How can I contribute now?

The garden village project will be locally-led. The project is supported by Cullompton Town Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and some groundwork has already been done in thinking about the new community and its relationship to Cullompton.

We will shortly be asking for more views on what the garden village should be like – what are the important things that it should include, what should the vision for the new community be, what are the most important principles that will shape it, and what are the key issues to be resolved?

Further, extensive engagement and consultation is being planned for the rest of 2018 as the vision, principles and master planning work for Culm Garden Village starts in earnest. More information and updates will be provided on this page.

We will also be asking the community for their views on a name for the new garden village in due course as Culm Garden Village is a working title being used for the time being.

Contact:     culmgv@middevon.gov.uk


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