AUl3 Higher Newham Farm and Village, Truro - Masterplan

HPW worked very closely with Living Villages and our fellow consultants to secure planning for this highly sustainable new community.

It all started with a question: How can we ensure that this stunning 92 acres of land within walking distance of Truro city centre is used to maximize the benefit of its location for all?

This sparked more questions like: How do we provide homes that people really want to live in at the same time as protecting much-loved green space?

Many many conversations later, as our client Living Villages joined up with the right people, a plan emerged to form an educational community farm with a village at its heart.


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Plans are only as good as their parts. Here are some of things that form part of the plans at Higher Newham.

A community farm run by Duchy College and providing accredited training for local young people in agriculture, land based and food related skills. The College would also run short leisure courses.

A restaurant run by Cornwall Food Foundation, serving local, seasonal food, grown and foraged from the farm, the allotments and surrounding area.

A cook school run by Cornwall Food Foundation providing hands on learning for all ages.

80% of the 92 acres to be gifted by Living Villages to the local community via a charitable trust, with the intention to preserve 70 acres of Higher Newham, for farming and food education forever.

A network of footpaths and cycle trailways which will open up the greenspace for the community to enjoy and link the village to Truro.

A new exemplar village of 155 individually designed homes – at least 30% of which will be available within Cornwall Council's affordable housing scheme

A community hub with space for meetings and clubs, as well as for workshops and a gallery

A wildlife rich environment of woodlands, orchards, fields, hedgerows and wildflower meadow.

2 acres of allotments for the village and wider Truro community.

Play areas for small and big kids

Some of the things that form part of the plans at Higher Newham....
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