Cranbrook New Community.

Bill Richardson
New Community Officer

Telephone: (01395) 517584
E-mail: brichardson@eastdevon.gov.uk

Cranbrook New Community

Cranbrook has arrived

East Devon’s new town of Cranbrook is growing by the day. Several hundred homes have been completed and new families are moving in every week. On these pages you will find information about the planning history of Cranbrook, as it grew from an idea to a firm set of proposals into what we see today.

The Exeter and East Devon Growth Point Web-Site provides more general information about Cranbrook and further links to useful information for new residents or would-be buyers.

PDF file The Creating Cranbrook newsletter (11982KB Portable Document Format - 11 October 2013 - PDF Help) provides detailed news of how the new town is progressing, with indications of milestones, triggers and contacts.

The District Council's policies with regard to the New Community proposal are set out in Chapter 12 of the Revised Deposit Local Plan.

The Cranbrook New Community was granted outline planning permission on 29 October 2010. This permission has been issued now that the outstanding matters relating to the Legal Agreement and Strategies have been satisfactorily resolved, following a resolution to grant planning permission being passed by the Development Control Committee on 19th December 2006. Details of the report relating to this meeting can be accessed from the links below. The decision notice, Section 106 agreement and approved Strategies are also available through the links below:

The Next Stage.

Further ‘Reserved Matters’ submissions (RM's), for the various parts of Cranbrook will be submitted in the coming months and years. These will include applications for important community infrastructure such as Cranbrook's first new primary school and a train station to serve the new community. Only those living in the immediate vicinity of each phase will be notified of its submission together with the 4 Parish Councils of Rockbeare, Clyst Honiton, Broadclyst and Whimple.

An indicative image of Cranbrook
An indicative image of Cranbrook.

The History of the New Community planning applications.

The original planning application (03/P1900), submitted in July 2003, was considered by the Development Control Committee on 17th May 2005.

Meetings:

A meeting of all Members of the Council took place in the Council Chamber, Knowle, Sidmouth on Monday 16th May 2005 at 2.30pm. The purpose of this meeting was to explain the details of the outline planning application for a new community, and to answer questions from Members. Representatives of the Highways Agency, The Environment Agency and Devon County Council were in attendance. This meeting was not a forum for public debate, or debate of the issues by Members, as it was not a formal meeting of the Development Control Committee.

A Special Meeting of the Development Control Committee was held on Tuesday 17th May at 5.30pm - also in the Council Chamber, Knowle, Sidmouth. - and this is where the application was considered formally.

Members of the public were invited to these meetings, but were not allowed to speak.

Documents relating to these meetings can be viewed using the links below:

PDF file Main Report (364KB Portable Document Format - 09 May 2005 - PDF Help) PDF file Appendix 1 (216KB Portable Document Format - 09 May 2005 - PDF Help)
PDF file Appendix 2 (187KB Portable Document Format - 09 May 2005 - PDF Help) PDF file Appendix 3 (133KB Portable Document Format - 09 May 2005 - PDF Help)
PDF file Appendix 4 (181KB Portable Document Format - 09 May 2005 - PDF Help) PDF file Appendix 5 (560KB Portable Document Format - 09 May 2005 - PDF Help)
PDF file Appendix 6 (462KB Portable Document Format - 09 May 2005 - PDF Help) PDF file Appendix 7 (183KB Portable Document Format - 09 May 2005 - PDF Help)
PDF file Appendix 8 (408KB Portable Document Format - 09 May 2005 - PDF Help) PDF file Appendix 9 (507KB Portable Document Format - 09 May 2005 - PDF Help)
PDF file Appendix 10 - 14 (113KB Portable Document Format - 09 May 2005 - PDF Help)  


Development Control Committee Decision:

At the latter of the meetings described above, the Development Control Committee resolved that, subject to a significantly improved affordable housing offer (the current offer being unacceptable), and the resolution of a number of other matters, then the principle of outline planning for a New Community would be acceptable.  However, this did not mean that outline planning permission had been formally granted at that time.  The unresolved issues needed to be resolved, a detailed and extensive legal agreement needed to be drawn up and signed, and various strategies put in place for the future delivery of Cranbrook, the name chosen for the New Community.

Second Amendment to the Original Planning Application for Cranbrook.

In November 2006, The East Devon New Community Partners submitted further amendments to the original planning application for a new community within East Devon, which was submitted in 2003.

This application was considered by the Councils Development Control Committee on 19th December 2006. The reports relevant to this meeting can be obtained from the links at the top of this page.

A Duplicate Planning Application For Cranbrook.

In August 2005, The East Devon New Community Partners submitted a duplicate planning application for a new community in East Devon to The Council.

Page last updated on 16 January 2014