Shops and flats to be built in Cranbrook next year

PUBLISHED: 15:48 16 October 2013 | UPDATED: 15:48 16 October 2013

An artist impression of what the new shops could look like.

An artist impression of what the new shops could look like.

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The build is part of ongoing development in East Devon’s newest town.

Half-a-dozen neighbourhood shops and 14 flats have been given the green light to be implemented in Cranbrook with construction work to start early next year, subject to contracts.

Planning permission for the build was passed last month, but the names of which companies are set to fill the shops have not yet been confirmed.

Hallam Land Management Ltd, one of Cranbrook’s new community partners, is currently working on contracts for the occupation of the six units.

Nick Duckworth, director of Hallam Land Management Ltd, said: “I’m delighted that planning permission has been issued for the Neighbourhood Centre comprising shops and apartments at Cranbrook, as retail provision is one of the key objectives for the consortia over the next 12 months.

“Good progress is now being made with a principal retail operator and I expect to conclude contracts, secure relevant alcohol licences, and settle the opening hours over the coming couple of months.”

Members of Cranbrook’s community were told the news at a town forum meeting held at St Martin’s School, located in Younghayes Road.

Andy Wood, Exeter and East Devon Growth Point projects director said: “The consortium of developers for Cranbrook is speaking to local operators in terms of which companies will fill the shops.

“The understanding is that people want a convenience store to buy a pint of milk and a newspaper, so work is being done to make that a reality as soon as possible.”

Bill Richardson, Cranbrook’s community officer, added: “Together with the East Devon New Community Partners, the planning authority has worked very hard over recent years to ensure that Cranbrook includes all the facilities expected from a self-contained new community.

“It is very pleasing to see the facilities start to take shape, ready to meet the growing needs of residents.”

The news has also brought forward discussions concerning car parking spaces to accompany the shops and the expected increase in traffic they will attract.

Current proposals to implement 29 car parking spaces between St Martin’s School and the shops have been discussed.

Talks on whether they will be free ‘short stay spaces’ or ‘park and pay’ are still ongoing.

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