Second new town is dumped on district

PUBLISHED: 13:48 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

JUST weeks after plans for the first building in Cranbrook were passed at Knowle, East Devon District Council has been dealt a blow the Government is now demanding a SECOND new town be built in the area. News of the edict came as a shock to town council

JUST weeks after plans for the first building in Cranbrook were passed at Knowle, East Devon District Council has been dealt a blow - the Government is now demanding a SECOND new town be built in the area.News of the edict came as a shock to town councillors in Honiton on Monday.Town and district councillor Peter Halse announced the breaking news, saying: "It's thrown everything into the melting pot."He claimed the plan "will affect Honiton quite directly" and said it made Honiton's plight for an eastern by-pass even more urgent.Councillor Halse said the second new town is not an option and that it is being forced on the district.It will be developed in the west end of East Devon in an area prone to flooding and where the National Trust owns land.A further 7,000 homes are likely to be built, in addition to the eventual 6,500 planned for Cranbrook.Councillor Vivienne Ash said enormous pressure would be placed on district councillors and officers and that the plan will be a further "drain on money". She fears so much attention is being put on the development of the east of Exeter that Honiton could be "swamped".Councillor Vernon Whitlock, the mayor of Honiton, said the news could have "profound consequences for Honiton". He said the town council would be responding to the news and trying to work out how to retain Honiton's economic independence and to market the town.

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