Seeds sown for Cranbrook’s first-ever allotments

PUBLISHED: 12:15 15 November 2017

(c) Martin Poole

Cranbrook’s first allotments – a much-requested facility – could soon be on their way.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) is considering a planning application for two sites where allotments for the new town could be sited.

The first is on land to the south of the Cranbrook Education Campus playing fields, while the second is to the east of Southbrook Lane.

According to the application’s environmental report, the allotments will be sited in between existing hedgerows to ensure ‘the impact on trees and hedges have been minimised’.

In addition, there will be ‘no change in the agricultural land quality or the nature of the farm businesses within the two sites of the proposed allotments. The loss of the existing agricultural land has been fully assessed’.

Cranbrook Town Council (CTC) considered the plans at its town council meeting on Monday, October 23.

Cllr Ray Bloxham outlined the applications to councillors, describing the proposed allotments as ‘very welcome’.

“There’s lots of interest in allotments for the town,” he said, “and, having looked at the plans, I can’t really see anything to object to.” He recommended approval, and CTC supported the application.

“Both sites are welcome and much-needed additions to the facilities in Cranbrook,” said a CTC spokesperson.

“There is a waiting list of those who have expressed an interest in an allotment.”

EDDC will now make the final decision on the allotments.

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