East Devon planners announce an extra 1,435 homes for Cranbrook – with 2,085 more in the pipeline

Cranbrook is to be extended by an extra 1,435 homes, plus permanent pitches for travellers and gypsies, new schools, allotments and a cemetery, the district council has announced.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has granted planning permission for the first expansion of Cranbrook, which the authority said was the largest proposal to be given the green light since the new town was permitted 13 years ago.

In addition to the 1,435 homes, three more expected planning applications are in the pipeline for Cranbrook’s expansion, which are ‘likely to see’ a further 2,085 homes, a primary school, sports pitches, open space, play areas, allotments, and neighbourhood centres, EDDC said.

The authority said these planning applications will be issued when legal agreements are finalised.

The announcement comes days after a Devon-based developer held a public exhibition to build 500 homes on land between Cranbrook and Rockbeare.

If the district council grants permission for all the Cranbrook area proposals, an additional 4,020 homes could be built.

The district council said the rubber-stamped expansion development allows the building of up to 1,435 homes, 10 permanent pitches for gypsies and travellers, a new three-form entry primary school, a special educational needs school, neighbourhood centre, land for a place of worship, a vicarage and cemetery. Plus play areas, allotments, and large areas of green space.

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Cranbrook expansion map.
Image: Persimmon Homes.

EDDC said the Cranbrook Plan was adopted in October 2022, and ‘guides how the town will accommodate a population of around 20,000 people’.

An EDDC spokeswoman said: “It ensures the town has the facilities and services needed to make it a great place to live.

“The plan also requires low carbon development and to make financial contributions to important Cranbrook facilities.

“This permission will contribute more than £4 million towards projects including a new health and wellbeing centre, leisure centre, fire station and improvements to London Road to make it more suitable for people walking and cycling.”

Ed Freeman, EDDC assistant director for planning strategy and development management, said: “We are really pleased to see this planning permission issued. It will provide much-needed homes for people in East Devon as well as important facilities such as new schools, shops and play areas for the Cranbrook community.

“We look forward to seeing the town continue to grow, bolstering the strong sense of community that Cranbrook has fostered over the past 11 years.

Daniel Heathcote, Persimmon Homes South West managing director, said: “We’re delighted to have secured outline planning permission for our scheme at Cranbrook Cobdens.

“Throughout the planning process for Cranbrook Cobdens, we have worked closely with officers and stakeholders at East Devon District Council to ensure that our homes complement and enhance the local area.”

He said the developer had a ‘proud record of delivery’ in Cranbrook, adding the firm was ‘excited about the newest scheme as we continue to build the high-quality homes, leaving a positive and lasting legacy’.

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