Affordable Housing

What are the key proposals for Higher Newham Farm and Village?

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 we joined up with the right people, a plan emerged to form an educational community farm with a village at its heart.

Plans are only as good as their parts. Here are some of things we hope to provide 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 Councils 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

Note: Delivery of these proposals is subject to planning permission being granted

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Attenuation basin

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Reed beds

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There are 2 miles of Cornish bank hedges full of blackthorn, dog rose, gorse and bluebell at Higher Newham. As part of our plans we’re working with ecology experts to tell us how to thicken them up so these hedges can flourish and become abundant wildlife corridors.

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Agricultural land

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Green spaces

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Cornish Gilliflower, Pascoes Pippin, Mylor Pike, Cornish Honeypin. The names are enough to make you want to plant an apple tree or two. Give it a few years and Higher Newham could be home to 5 acres of orchard, ripe for scrumping. We might even fit in some Kea Plums too.

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Edible horticulture

Our proposal would see several acres of edible horticulture on the farm. Tended by Duchy College students, then cooked to perfection at the restaurant. Field to fork in a few muddy steps.

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Horticulture plot

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With over 100 people on Truro’s waiting list for a patch of land to ‘grow their own’, we’d like to set aside 2 acres of land for allotments at Higher Newham. And our plan is for the restaurant to buy produce from allotment owners as well as from the farm itself.


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Picture yourself sitting in the sun at a table with friends, with a drop dead gorgeous view of Calenick Creek, eating flavoursome home-cooked food, grown and foraged from the farm around you. This could be lunch, supper or breakfast at Higher Newham Farm and Village. Working with the land and the seasons, the restaurant would change the menu to reflect what’s available on the farm and locally, from the fields, hedgerows and trees. We are proposing a learning aspect to the restaurant side of the project too – A Cook School offering both vocational and leisure courses through the restaurant and its kitchens, with a particular emphasis on local produce, seasonality and provenance. Students can learn everything from how to do the basics brilliantly, through to specialist skills.

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Community hub

We’d love to bring the original farm buildings back to life to form the heart and soul of the village. Here you’d find the Restaurant and Cook School, artists collaborations and practical rural crafts, plus a big community space. And what else?

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We’d aim to deliver thousands of land based learning hours at Higher Newham Farm. This would be hands-on accredited learning, focused on the areas of conservation, growing and farming, aimed at increasing knowledge and employability. It wouldn’t all be outdoors. We are proposing two custom-made classrooms here too. Most full time courses will be for 16-18’s primarily, with a wide range of shorter courses for adults, from caring for animals to skills for people running smallholdings.

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New village area

The 155 village homes within our plans would be bespoke designed to “fit” in the landscape, mindful of the vital ‘green views’ of the hill-sides south facing the AONB and north easterly facing Truro.We’d like to use ground source energy to heat the homes and build standards will be extremely high.30% of the homes would be at affordable levels below market prices, through a mix of rents tied to housing benefit levels in perpetuity or low cost part-ownership.

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  • 2Duchy College farm
  • 3Community hub
  • 4Restaurant and cook school
  • 5Allotments
  • 6Horticulture plot
  • 7Edible horticulture
  • 8Orchards
  • 9Green spaces
  • 10Agricultural land
  • 11Woodland
  • 12Hedges
  • 15Roads
  • 16Permissive trails for pedestrians & cycle access
  • 17Permissive trails for pedestrians
  • 13Reed beds
  • 14Attenuation basin
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Thanks for showing an interest in becoming a founding friend of Higher Newham. We’re really grateful. As it stands, we can’t quite promise you your very own oak tree yet, but we are working on it. In the meantime, we’d like to hear your ideas and keep you posted about what’s going on at Higher Newham as our plans take shape with input from people like you.

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