‘Help shape the future of Cranbrook’ – views are invited on how the new town centre should look

More than a decade after the first brick was laid at Cranbrook, views are wanted on how the new town centre should look.

Now 1000s of homes have been built, East Devon District Council (EDDC) is urging people to get involved in the ‘important opportunity’ to ‘help shape the future of Cranbrook’, saying residents’ ideas ‘really matter’.

A drop-in session is being held on Tuesday, October 24 at a free family fun day, 10.30am until 1.30pm, at Cranbrook’s Younghayes Centre.

And there is a chance to win £50 by taking part in a survey, which is open until November 10.

Further drop-in sessions will be held at the Younghayes Centre on November 9, from 4pm until 7pm, and at the Cranberry Farm pub from 6-8pm on November 16.

Views will be collated and the district council will use them to form a long-term town plan next year.

The blueprint will set out what residents want – and where in the town centre it should be built.

EDDC said the first shops, the beginning of a town square and a Morrisons supermarket were under construction and should be finished in Spring 2024.

East Devon District Council recently bought 3.85 acres of land next to the supermarket and will ‘receive’ more from the developers shortly.

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Views are wanted on the future of Cranbrook and how the new town centre should look.
Image: EDDC.

The council said the land purchases will ‘make it easier to agree what happens next and start the next phase of the town centre development’.

An EDDC spokesperson said: “There is a lot of work to do before more facilities are built in the town centre.

“When the consultation closes, the responses will be analysed and the information used to help draw up a town centre masterplan. The masterplan will show how the town centre will be laid out and what kind of place it will be.

“There are already commitments from Devon County Council to build a youth centre, children’s centre and library.

“Cranbrook Town Council is aiming to develop a community building which will also house the town council offices.

“A leisure centre is included in the EDDC Leisure Strategy and there are plans for a Health and Wellbeing Hub and a Fire Station.

“More needs to be done to finalise how each of these buildings will happen. In challenging financial times, this includes finding the full amount of money to build them as the developers will not fully fund everything.”

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The town centre sign that has for years been on vacant land at Cranbrook

Cllr Paul Arnott, East Devon District Council leader and chair of the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone, said: “This is an important opportunity for you to help shape the future of Cranbrook. Your ideas really matter. We want to hear from as many people as possible – especially young people and those who don’t normally get involved.

“Legal agreements are being put in place which mean developers will contribute millions of pounds towards facilities and spaces in the town centre, like a library and leisure centre.”

He added: “We want your ideas to help decide what else should be included, what should be built first and where it should be built.

“Your views and ideas will then be used by EDDC and its partners to create a long-term town centre masterplan in summer 2024.”

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