Cranbrook aims to become a showcase development through an exciting national programme  intended to put health at the heart of new communities. 

East Devon District Council is proud to have led this bid, working with a team of partners. The programme attracted 114 applications. The final ten including Cranbrook were chosen at an event judged by a national panel of experts.   

Cranbrook has an unusually young population with three times the England average of 0-4 year olds and a high proportion in the 25-39 age group. This offers ideal opportunities to explore innovative approaches to health and wellbeing.

The priority workstreams for Cranbrook’s activities in the programme are:

  1. creating opportunities for healthy schooling
  2. exploring new models of care
  3. encouraging physical activity
  4. creating imaginative health messaging
  5. influencing development of a healthy built environment.

To achieve this we are developing activities and exploring new ideas. We are working closely with a wide range of partners to ensure that Cranbrook residents see real benefits from being part of this programme. Partners include Cranbrook's Town Council, schools, Devon County Council, the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, the South West Academic Health Science Network, technology companies and national experts from NHS England.

Key milestones:

January 2017: Working with partners to finalise and submit delivery plan to NHS England for activities by the five priority workstreams from April 17

January 2017: Involving residents in a live Facebook Hour discussion, at the mocktail bar, and with a free healthy Saturday morning breakfast

December 2016: Presenting outline delivery plans to an expert panel in London and presenting progress update to Cranbrook Town Council

November 2016: Working with partners to identify a framework for delivering the programme, by thinking about resources / activities / outputs and outcomes

October 2016: Identifying ideas to progress priorities with stakeholders and partners at creative facilitation day at the Met Office

September - November 2016: Working with local planning team and national Healthy New Towns team to agree local support package for Cranbrook's built environment

July 16, September 16, November 16, December 16, January 17: Learning from and sharing with national team and other selected sites at networking events in London, Manchester, Darlington, Bicester, Cambridge

July 2016 onwards: Contributing to health infrastructure activities and potential research opportunities

July – August 2016: Deciding priorities at stock-take event and follow-up meetings with key partners

May – June 2016: Carrying out self-assessment process as base-line for national Healthy New Towns team

April 2016 onwards: Delivering awareness-raising presentations to various organisations

April – May 2016: Setting up governance arrangements and local Healthy New Town delivery team

March 2016: ten selected sites announced

February 2016: Pitching final-round bid to dragons’ den at King’s Fund event in London

December 2015 – August 2016: Providing support to the authors of Cranbrook’s health and wellbeing strategy and writing the strategy's executive summary

September 2015:  submitting first-round bid

July 2015 onwards: Preparing our bid and building our network of contacts interested in supporting the Healthy New Towns programme.  

NHS England announced the ten selected developments on 1st March 2016. NHS England are now working with the ten sites at a series of workshops. Find out more about the Healthy New Towns programme.