EDDC wants to hear residents’ views on planned expansion of Cranbrook

PUBLISHED: 13:18 10 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:56 13 November 2017

The Cranbrook Masterplan. Picture: Contributed.

The Cranbrook Masterplan. Picture: Contributed.

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More details are emerging about the Cranbrook Masterplan, showing how Devon’s newest town will grow and develop.

To coincide with the publication of ‘Masterplan for the expansion of Cranbrook’, East Devon District Council (EDDC) has launched a community consultation to help shape how Cranbrook develops over the next 15 years.

The eight-week consultation will include a series of meetings for residents of Cranbrook and neighbouring parishes.

The meetings will allow residents to comment on the Masterplan.

Anyone living or working in and around Cranbrook can have their say on ‘The Cranbrook Plan: Preferred Approach’ from Friday, November 10 until Monday, January 8, 2018.

The Preferred Approach sets out how the growth of the town – up to around 8,000 households over the next 15 years – will be achieved.

The document also identifies land for sport and community, economy and enterprise, schools, allotments and gypsy and travellers pitches.

“The ambition is to create a town which has health and wellbeing embedded within it and looks to encourage walking, cycling and use of public transport and provide large areas for recreation and leisure,” said an EDDC spokesperson.

Responses to the Preferred Approach consultation will ‘fine tune’ EDDC’s planning policy for the town in the future, culminating in the adoption of a Development Plan Document (DPD).

Cllr Phil Twiss, Deputy Leader of East Devon District Council said: “This consultation is a major opportunity for residents of Cranbrook and those living and working around the town to influence how the town grows and what they would like to see happen.

“Last year we saw record numbers of people getting involved in the process, making lots of suggestions and asking how quickly some of facilities would take to bring forward.

“We are delighted at how East Devon’s new town has now moved on from all the years in the planning. To see Cranbrook become a vibrant home and community to more than 3,500 people in just six years is truly inspirational.

“Cranbrook will become a standalone town of similar size to Barnstaple over the next 20 years. We need to meet the expectation of residents and make Cranbrook a vibrant place reflecting our unique position as the UK’s fastest growing town.

“I would encourage everyone to get involved and comment on The Cranbrook Plan: Preferred Approach document.”

To promote involvement by the public, 5,000 postcards are being delivered to homes and businesses in Cranbrook, Rockbeare, Clyst Honiton, Broadclyst and the surrounding area.

Consultation responses can be made online at eastdevon.gov.uk/cranbrook and there are also a number of events so people can find out more and have their say.

Consultation sessions are taking place at existing events and activities around Cranbrook, Rockbeare and Clyst Honiton during November and December.

Events include:

Christmas Market: Rockbeare Village Hall (4pm-6pm, Saturday, November 25)

Indoor Car Boot Sale: Younghayes Centre, Cranbrook (9.30am-noon, Sunday, November 26)

Consultation meeting: Belfry Room, Clyst Honiton Parish Church (5.30pm-7.30pm, Tuesday, Novem ber 28).

Christmas Market: Younghayes Centre (5pm-7pm, Thursday, December 7).

More events are being planned to obtain the views of young people at the Cranbrook Education Campus.

Questions and or queries can also be made by social media using the hashtag #plancranbrook

For more information about the consultation process, to view the documents and complete the questionnaire online, visit: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/cranbrook/

See also:

Cranbrook’s housing could be more than doubled by 2026

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