Document detailing Cranbrook’s 8,000 home expansion to be published by end of 2018

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 September 2018

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The next stage of the plan detailing how Cranbrook will expand to accommodate 8,000 households over the next 15 years will be published by the end of 2018.

A public consultation over The Cranbrook Plan: Preferred Approach, took place at the start of 2018, with the initially feedback considered by East Devon District Council’s Strategic Planning Committee in March.

Concerns had been raised about the location and extent of development to the south of the London Road, particularly where this intrudes into Rockbeare parish, proposals for gypsy and traveller sites and how a wider mix of different types of housing can be brought forward in the town to ensure that a balanced community, representative of society as a whole.

Feedback from that report is now being considered and the publication draft of the Cranbrook Plan is set to be taken to the meeting of the full council on December 12, 2018, for agreement to consult on and submit the plan.

If that is approved, the plan will likely be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination in early 2019, a council spokesman said.

More details about the proposed town centre for Cranbrook are also expected to be revealed in the plan as well. Recently, Exeter City Council planners, contrary to the recommendation of officers, rejected plans for a retail park at the Moor Exchange at the east of Exeter. Concerns had been raised about the impact that a new retail park at the East of Exeter would have had on the proposed Cranbrook Town Centre, with both East Devon New Community Partners, the Cranbrook developers, and East Devon District Council objecting to the scheme. The town centre will be built on land next to Cranberry Farm, which will eventually be in the middle of the town.

Outline planning permission for the first 2,900 homes at Cranbrook was issued in October 2010 followed shortly by the reserved matters for the first 1,100 homes in April 2011.

Today there are approximately 1,700 households living at Cranbrook, equivalent to a population of around 4,000 people, but the Local Plan anticipates Cranbrook comprising approximately 7,850 new homes by 2031. This equates to a population of around 20,000 people meaning that Cranbrook will have quickly expanded to become the second largest town in the district.

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