Cullompton Town Centre
The Cullompton Town Centre Masterplan, once adopted by the Council, will form the basis for the regeneration of the town; enhancing the town’s economic prospects and providing a clear strategy for the town to meet its full potential as an attractive and thriving town post COVID-19 and into the future. The Draft Masterplan has been prepared by consultants.
A stage one consultation event was held between February and April 2020. The comments raised at this first stage have been given full consideration by the Council and a draft of the Cullompton Town Centre Masterplan is now available for you to comment on.
The Cullompton Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan explains and records the special architectural and historic interest of Cullompton’s Conservation Area and identifies opportunities for enhancement. The Council has a statutory duty to review the Conservation Area from time to time and a number of additions and deletions to the Conservation Area boundary are proposed.
The draft updated Cullompton Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan also identifies a number of properties that are thought to be worthy of identifying as Important Unlisted Buildings and other important features.
The Council would welcome your comments on the draft Cullompton Conservation Area and Management Plan and the changes proposed through it.
Mid Devon District Council has secured funding from Historic England to help regenerate Cullompton Town Centre through the High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) programme.
The programme is a national project aiming to unlock the potential of high streets across England.
Various projects are proposed as part of the HSHAZ, including a building grants scheme for local building owners, a cultural programme of activities, and an enhanced public realm.
The Cullompton Town Centre Public Realm Enhancement Project is focused around the Higher Bullring and Fore Street area of Cullompton. The first phase of the project will focus on the Higher Bullring as part of the HSHAZ.
This project, delivered in partnership with Devon County Council, will seek to enhance the heritage setting of the Higher Bullring while providing an extended community space for community events and cultural activities.
The Council is seeking your views on this area to understand more about the town centre.
The Cullompton Relief Road/ Levelling Up Fund
Traffic congestion within the centre of Cullompton is a long term issue which impacts on local air quality, town centre attractiveness and the prospects of future economic growth. The proposed relief road scheme will relieve the High Street by reducing a substantial amount of traffic from the Town Centre. It will also assist in creating traffic capacity at Junction 28 of the M5 motorway by providing a free-flowing exit from the motorway, thereby addressing a safety risk arising from lengthening queues extending down the off slip onto the motorway.
The road scheme is also considered vital to unlock planned growth in and around Cullompton. Mid Devon Local Plan allocates land for residential development within Cullompton and the relief road is the key first phase of infrastructure required for these development sites to come forward. This includes development to the east of the M5 which has been designated as a new Garden Village.
The Cullompton town centre relief road secured planning permission in January 2021. Funding towards its delivery has been secured from the Housing Infrastructure Fund and an application was submitted in June 2021 for funding from the Levelling Up Fund. The outcome from the latter fund is awaited. The Levelling Up Fund bid incorporates walking and cycling enhancements from the town centre to the proposed new railway station.
Mid Devon District Council is committed to re-open Cullompton Railway Station as part of a wider project to improve train services in the sub-region.
This includes re-opening stations at both Cullompton and Wellington (Somerset). Mid Devon District and Somerset West and Taunton Councils are the project promoters.
Enhancement of rail services along the Bristol – Exeter corridor, including the reopening of new stations, is an important part of the multimodal approach to meeting the travel needs of Cullompton and the wider region. Following as successful bid to the Restoring Your Railway Fund, a business case for the project to reopen stations at Cullompton and Wellington has been submitted to the Department for Transport.
Culm Garden Village is one of only 14 areas initially awarded Garden Village Status by the Government in January 2017.
Located to the east of Cullompton, the Garden Village has the potential to deliver up to 5,000 sustainable new homes in a country park landscape, with jobs, community facilities and transport, all integrated with Cullompton itself.