Cranbrook master plan submitted to planning inspectorate

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A master plan that will shape Cranbrook for the next decade and beyond has been submitted to an inspectorate for examination.

East Devon District Council has now submitted the Cranbrook Plan, including supporting evidence and consultation responses, to the Secretary of State for examination.

The Cranbrook Plan will sit alongside the East Devon Local Plan and will shape the future development of the town at Cranbrook. It is hoped that the plan, which was submitted on August 2, 2019, will be examined during the autumn of this year and, if sound, could be adopted early in 2020.

If adopted, the Cranbrook Plan will provide a clear proposal for the delivery of the new town including key policies to deliver zero carbon development, a thriving town centre, new schools, open spaces, sports pitches and other community facilities.

The plan also introduces new minimum space standards to increase room sizes and the quality of spaces within the new homes planned for the town. The plan envisages that the town will grow to 7,750 homes with a population of around 18,000. It also aims to ensure that Cranbrook is a healthy place to live with the help of programmes that are already underway such as the NHS Healthy New Towns Programme, which has embedded the promotion of health and wellbeing in the town as well as the Sport England Local Delivery Pilot that seeks to tackle inactivity.

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An initial consultation on the scope of the plan was carried out in 2015, followed by an issues and options consultation and then a further consultation on the council's preferred approach for the future development of the new town.

Members of the council considered all the comments received and then at a council meeting on February 27 agreed on the draft plan. More than 400 comments were made as part of a final consultation on the proposed document. These comments have all now been reviewed and submitted with the plan for examination.

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The council believes it represents the best way forward for the development of Cranbrook, which has more than 4,000 residents, schools, shops, a community centre, GP practice and railway station, as well as a country park.

The comments received will be reviewed by a Planning Inspector, appointed by the secretary of state, who will consider the plan. The inspector is likely to hold a series of public hearing sessions in the autumn to hear from parties who have made representations. More information on these will follow shortly.

Following these sessions the inspector will prepare a report which the council hopes to receive early in 2020.

Cllr Susie Bond, deputy leader of East Devon District Council and portfolio holder for strategic development, said:

"It is great to see the Cranbrook Plan submitted for examination. A huge amount of work has gone into producing the plan, which has been a long time in preparation. We have worked really hard to take on board the views of the community, the developers and other interested parties and reach agreement wherever possible. Unfortunately there are still some areas of disagreement but I hope that with the help of the Planning Inspector through the examination process we can find solutions that will enable the community at Cranbrook to continue to grow and thrive."

Click here to view the full Cranbrook Plan.

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