Housing minister visits Cranbrook.
PUBLISHED: 15:47 20 December 2012
£20million investment announced from the Government.
The Minister for Housing took a look around East Devon’s new community of Cranbrook following the announcement of a £20million investment from the Government.
MP Mark Prisk joined partners involved in the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point project and got the chance to meet some of Cranbrook’s very first residents, as well as pupils at St Martin’s Primary School.
The financial support package will help accelerate the building of new homes - £6million will be used to deliver the roads and infrastructure needed to develop a new town centre.
The remaining funds will support the construction of a new secondary school, and a second primary school which will form part of the second phase of development.
Mr Prisk said: “This Government is serious about building more homes.
“That’s why we have been looking carefully at how we can accelerate large, planned housing schemes that already have the support of local people, but need help to move forward in the current economic climate.
“Our intervention will help unlock the delivery of over 6,000 new homes in Cranbrook, and create thousands of jobs for local people.”
So far, 47 families have moved to the area - this is expected to reach 50 by Christmas, meaning the new town will qualify for a bus service.
Mr Prisk added: “The fact that the Government is putting £20million forward means new money for a second primary school, a secondary school and the town centre.”
The minister said he was encouraged by the development and that similar projects around the country would be getting support packages from the Government.
He added: “I am keen to make sure the younger generation have affordable rented or owner-occupied property to live in.”
The Leader of East Devon District Council, Councillor Paul Diviani, welcomed the investment and said: “The team has done a magnificent job as these things don’t happen overnight.”
The Young Hayes Centre, which will be the community hub in Cranbrook, will open in the New Year.
This will be followed by the opening of the Clyst Honiton bypass in March.
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