Browsing: Cranbrook

A bid to bring forward the development of important community facilities for Cranbrook has been backed by county councillors. The new town has plans for a children’s centre, library and youth facilities to be built at key intervals in its development – tied with occupancy levels. Some services for residents are required sooner than first envisaged due to rising demand from the growing population. As the town is continuing to grow, especially noting the high proportion of families with young children and need for additional support, we must bring them forward… A proposal to bring forward a multi-purpose integrated building…

County chiefs plan to shave off a six-year wait to grow Cranbrook town centre by renegotiating old planning agreements. Devon County Council’s cabinet next Wednesday is recommended to go ahead with a new community building in the currently empty town centre. The trigger point for the provision of the children’s centre facilities– 2,000 home occupations – has been met which means the Cranbrook consortium of developers have to construct the children’s centre no later than June 10, 2021. Later, or potentially no, delivery of these community buildings would contribute to Cranbrook remaining without a town centre that provides the facilities…

Unanimous backing has been given for a Cranbrook task force to ‘put the heart into’ the new community and prevent it from becoming an ‘austerity town’.  Nearly 2,000 homes in the new town are currently occupied, but it is lacking all but the most basic of facilities, councillors were told this week. A supermarket, town hall, library, auditorium, skate park, youth centre, children’s centre, retail units, and offices were all promised but have yet to be delivered. The land is there ready and waiting – it’s time the heart is put into our new community – Cllr Kevin BlakeyEast Devon District…

Police are warning residents in Cranbrook and the surrounding villages to lock their vehicles after a spate of thefts. Ottery St Mary Police said unlocked and insecure vehicles in Broadclyst, Rockbeare and Cranbrook have been targeted. Officers are warning motorists against leaving valuables in vehicles and are urging witnesses to dial 999 if they see someone acting suspiciously around parked cars and vans. Inspector Antonia Weeks said cash, phones and other devices were stolen. Lock cars and vans even if they are parked on your driveway or outside your house. “Don’t leave any cash or valuables in vehicles even if…

Cranbrook Community Speedwatch is recruiting. Could you be a volunteer? PSCO Steve Trail is urging community-spirited residents to get in touch and be part of a new scheme. Other towns and villages across East Devon have successful Speedwatch groups.  The national scheme sees volunteers working with police to monitor speeds of vehicles. They use speed detection devices. However, those found to be flouting speed restrictions are referred to the police. The aim is to educate drivers and encourage those exceeding limits to reduce their speed. Enforcement and prosecution can follow – if repeat offenders don’t get the message. Volunteers in…

Cranbrook is in danger of becoming an ‘austerity town’ with its residents deprived of key services and facilities, it has been warned.  East Devon District Council (EDDC) experts say authorities are at the ‘point of no return’ when it comes to delivering vital amenities for the fast-growing community. They have now called for a task force to be formed to rethink how the new town can secure the assets it needs. There is a significant risk that Cranbrook will become an austerity town, bereft of the facilities and services that the population both expect and demand…Officers have recommended that the…

East Devon District Council says it has submitted its Cranbrook Plan, including supporting evidence and consultation responses, to the Secretary of State for examination. It includes minimum space standards to increase room sizes in new homes. The Cranbrook Plan will sit alongside the East Devon Local Plan and will shape the future development of the new town. Unfortunately there are still some areas of disagreement but I hope that with the help of the Planning Inspector through the examination process we can find solutions that will enable the community at Cranbrook to continue to grow and thrive – Cllr Susie…

Online retail giant Amazon has confirmed it will relocate its delivery station from Exeter to a purpose-built 100,000sq ft hub near Cranbrook.  Around 100 new jobs will be created when the move happens later this year. The global powerhouse will leave its current Heron Road base in the city for a new facility at Exeter Gateway in East Devon. The new Amazon distribution centre is an important addition to the commercial development in the west end of East Devon, with over 100 new jobs created…The new facility is designed to meet increasing customer demand and allow for expansion of the…

East Devon District Council is set to take the lead on zero carbon growth. Its cabinet is due to move forward with a long-held ambition to achieve ‘clean’ development in Cranbrook and the surrounding area, including the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone. The strategy for zero carbon growth has been in place since plans for Cranbrook were first agreed. Now future plans will be put before councillors at a meeting on Wednesday (July 10) – as another milestone in Cranbrook is reached. The new community now boasts 2,000 homes. Councils are being encouraged to take the lead in the…

Commuters can step off a train and onto an electric bicycle at Honiton and Cranbrook railway stations as part of a £1million scheme. Both towns have been chosen to host zero-carbon Co-bikes hubs. A 20-cycle station will be installed at Cranbrook, with a further 10 in Honiton. South Western Railway (SWR) has secured more than £1million in grants to improve cycle-rail connectivity across its network. It’s encouraging to see the Co-bikes network expanding across the county, giving people more travel choices and helping tackle congestion and carbon dioxide emissions in Devon…County and district councils, the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise…

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