District council planners consider Cranbrook ecology park plan

PUBLISHED: 11:06 09 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:06 09 June 2017

A plan of Cranbrook's proposed ecology park, taken from the documents that have been put forward to East Devon District Council.

A plan of Cranbrook's proposed ecology park, taken from the documents that have been put forward to East Devon District Council.

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Plans for a proposed ecology park – a ‘key piece of green infrastructure’ and ‘fundamental to the success of Cranbrook’ – have been put forward.

Their destiny depends on East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) planning department, which is considering the proposals.

The park – east of Cranbrook Education Campus and west of Southbrook Lane – will promote ecology by maintaining and enhancing ‘retained habitats within the site’, maintaining ‘populations of protected species’ and creating ‘new habitats, increasing biodiversity’.

It will also encourage ‘the interaction between people and wildlife’, providing a ‘safe and inspiring recreational and leisure resource’.

If approved, the ecology park would include drainage basins, ‘naturalistic’ planting, landscape features, existing hedgerows, footways and seating.

It would also include ‘educational features’, such as insect towers, reptile hibernacula, bird screens and a viewing platform, as well as interpretation boards.

The ecology park is part of Cranbrook’s original masterplan. It is intended to offset the ecological impact of new development and also to help manage surface water drainage in line with the approved landscape, biodversity and drainage strategy.

The park’s current application is a revised version of an application that has now gone to appeal.

EDDC will be assessing whether landscape, ecology and drainage related concerns with the original proposals have been overcome.

An East Devon District Council spokesperson said: “The ecology park is a key piece of green infrastructure which is fundamental to the success of Cranbrook.”

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