Cranbrook development gets funding boost

PLANS to build a new town of 3,000 homes in East Devon have been boosted by a share of �10 million government funding for eco-towns.

PLANS to build a new town of 3,000 homes in East Devon have been boosted by a share of �10 million government funding for eco-towns.

Housing Minister John Healey announced today (March 9) that East Devon District Council will receive �200,000 to develop Cranbrook.

The money is hoped to help them lead the way as 'green champions'.

Cllr Ray Franklin, EDDC portfolio holder for strategic planning and regeneration, said: "It is fantastic that the government continues to support Cranbrook as an exemplar prototype eco-town.

"Our aspirations for the new community are high, but with continued Government support I know we can be successful and I am confident that we will see activity on site very soon."

Cranbrook was first highlighted as a prototype eco-town in the Government's Eco-Town prospectus, published in July 2007. It was described as providing a 'large scale test bed' for some of the new technologies needed to achieve zero carbon ommissions.