Hundreds of new jobs are to be created by an upcoming project to expand Sherford. The roles will be in key engineering and manufacturing sectors as part of the freeport project.

The Plymouth and South Devon (PASD) Freeport is one of twelve designated by Government and is a partnership between, Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council, Devon County Council, and the private sector. As part of the ongoing project, Devon County Council has given permission to a project to improve links to a new employment development at Langage.

Plans include a two-phase spine road, which extends the existing Kingsway road, and a multi-use bridge across the A38 Deep Lane Junction, which will connect the new community of Sherford to the growing development. It aims to create over 3,500 jobs, predominantly across key engineering and manufacturing sectors, and will play a crucial role in Devon’s economic recovery and growth.

You can read more about the construction plans here. The delivery of this infrastructure, as well as improvements to the Sandy Road/Holland Road roundabout, is funded by £9.619 million by the UK Government as part of the Plymouth and South Devon Freeport seed capital programme, and up to £14.289 million of borrowing by DCC, which was approved at Full Council in February this year.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “I welcome the proposed infrastructure to support the Freeport, which will bring new jobs to the area.”

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Environment and Transport, said: “The Freeport’s vision is to create thousands of high-quality jobs while acting as an exemplar to achieve net zero ahead of 2050..”

The schemes for the spine road and bridge will now go out to tender subject to the resolution of legal and land assembly agreements and planning consents.

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