Diggers set to move in and start within weeks building a supermarket and town centre for Cranbrook

Work to start building a long-awaited town centre and supermarket in Cranbrook is weeks away from starting – with diggers expected to move in at the end of July.

Fences have gone up around the designated site in readiness for the diggers to start developing a supermarket, followed ‘soon after’ by high street shops, apartments, a town square and children’s day nursery.

The building work is expected to take a year and be completed by summer 2023.

Councillor Paul Arnot, East Devon District Council (EDDC) leader and portfolio holder for strategic planning, said: “Building work on Cranbrook town centre, including the big Morrisons store, is set to begin at the end of the month.

“Preparation works have now begun, readying the site for the first shovel in the ground.

“Local residents will now be seeing fences going up around the site, and I am sure they will be relieved that after all this time they will be able to start watching the works as they progress over the next 12 months.”

He added: “It is really terrific to finally see the start of the wider vision for Cranbrook coming to fruition after a long wait.”

Earlier this year EDDC announced it had approved funding of up to £5.5million ‘for the acquisition’ of town centre land in Cranbrook, as well as agreeing three planning applications for a supermarket, high street shops with apartments above, a town square and a children’s day nursery, to be built ‘soon after’.

Work on the supermarket and nursery is due to be completed by summer next year.

The recent announcement of the new supermarket and shops was said to be ‘a monumental moment for the town’.

Cranbrook

Coming soon – work is to begin building Cranbrook town centre.

The supermarket build is in addition to current plans to provide space for shops and community facilities – including a children’s centre, youth centre, library, town council offices, health and wellbeing hub, a leisure centre and a skatepark, EDDC said.

The £5.5m investment has been funded by the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone from borrowing against future ring-fenced business rate income.

EDDC also agreed the process for delivering the £40m Cranbrook Local Infrastructure Fund – ensuring ‘critical infrastructure’, such as schools and transport improvements, could be delivered in step with new homes as the town expands to a population of around 20,000 people.

Work to begin on Cranbrook town centre with new supermarket ready for summer 2023

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