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Cranbrook - where next?

Where next? (courtesy: Daniel Clark)

Neighbouring villages to be asked about extension

People in selected areas around Cranbrook are to be asked for their views about how the new town to the east of Exeter, should develop.

The settlement, which has been growing steadily over the past eight years or so and will eventually have around 7,750 homes and a population of around 18,000.

Originally, East Devon leaders claimed infrastructure such as a rail link, to be opened early in the development, and regular bus services, as well as cycling and walking routes, would mean residents would rely less on private vehicles. Now more than 2,000 homes have been built, but no town centre, the streets are riddled with cars, unattractively parked in the streets near homes that lack sufficient parking.

Now East Devon District Council wants people to tell them if they think the planned expansion of the current town boundaries is appropriate. They've sent a letter" "to all relevant consultees within the affected area."

Councillor Sarah Jackson, East Devon District Council portfolio holder for democracy, transparency and communications said: “It is important that the boundaries of any parish or town council be defined as appropriately as possible in order to assist the town or parish council to deliver consistent services to all of their residents, as well to ensure that households fall within the boundary of the community that they most closely identify with.

"For these reasons, it is entirely understandable that Cranbrook Town Council would seek a boundary review in anticipation of the growth expected for Cranbrook over the coming years. However, it is also just as important that the views of the smaller parishes and long-established communities which surround Cranbrook are properly considered prior to any changes to parish boundaries.

"Therefore, I would wholeheartedly encourage all those living in Whimple, Rockbeare, Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton and Cranbrook to engage with the consultation and take this opportunity to make your views known in the interest of ensuring the long term sustainability of every one of these unique historic villages and the vitality of East Devon’s newest town.”  

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