Cranbrook’s housing could be more than doubled by 2026

PUBLISHED: 14:23 08 November 2017

Cranbrook, pictured in August 2017. The town could double in size - from 3,500 homes to 7,700 homes by 2026 if recommendations in the town's latest Masterplan are adopted. Ref mhc 34-17TI 9787. Picture: Terry Ife

Cranbrook, pictured in August 2017. The town could double in size - from 3,500 homes to 7,700 homes by 2026 if recommendations in the town's latest Masterplan are adopted. Ref mhc 34-17TI 9787. Picture: Terry Ife

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Cranbrook could more than double in size – from 3,500 homes to 7,700 homes by 2026 – if the recommendations contained in the town’s latest Masterplan are adopted.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) says that the ‘Masterplan for the expansion of Cranbrook’ – now available online – ‘provides a framework for the future expansion of Cranbrook and reflects the council’s ‘visions and aspirations’ for the town.

Considerably more housing – with developments on both sides of the London Road – is one of the key elements of the Masterplan.

The existing town has planning permission for 3,500 homes, of which approximately 1,600 homes have been built and occupied.

The new Masterplan proposes additional houses in the following areas: Bluehayes: 800–950 homes. Treasbeare: 800–950 homes. Cobdens: 1,350–1,500 homes. Grange: 700–800 homes. Total: 3,650– 4,200 homes.

If the plan is adopted, Cranbrook would comprise 7,700 homes.

Other elements in the masterplan include the safeguarding of land for a second railway station in the town. Alternatively a second platform may be provided at the existing station. Land is also being reserved for community or economic use.

The masterplan also identifies two sites for the provision of gipsy and traveller pitches. Located on the edges of the town, it is anticipated ‘ that the total number of pitches will be less that envisaged by the Local Plan’.

There’s also a section on overhead power lines, with a suggestion that some of them could be hidden underground. There’s also the need for an aircraft engine testing pen to reduce noise levels in the Treasbeare area before that development can start.

EDDC approved consultation for the plan earlier this week. The consultation will last from Monday, November 13 to Monday, January 8, 2018.

Every Cranbrook household will receive a postcard about the plan, asking for householders’ comments, and listing consultation meetings where residents can talk to planners about it.

To view the Masterplan in detail, click here

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