Report going before council’s strategic planning committee later this month

A report giving feedback on consultation around how Devon’s newest town, Cranbrook, will grow and develop over the next 15 years, goes before East Devon District Council’s Strategic Planning Committee later this month. (March 20)

The community consultation ran for eight weeks from mid-November last year to early January and it gave residents of Cranbrook and its neighbouring communities the opportunity to comment  on proposals for the future of the town contained within the document ‘Cranbrook Plan: Preferred Approach’.

In addition to identifying land for new houses, the document also identified land for sport and community, economy and enterprise, schools, allotments and Gypsy and Travellers pitches. The ambition of the plan is to create a town where health and wellbeing is a key element and looks to encourage walking, cycling and use of public transport and provide large areas for recreation and leisure.

A total of 138 representations to the consultation were received from local residents, town and parish councils, land owners, developers and consultation bodies such as Devon County Council, Highways England and the Environment Agency.

Responses to the consultation will fine tune the council’s planning policy for the town in the future, culminating in the adoption of a Development Plan Document (DPD).

The feedback report being presented to the Strategic Planning Committee on Tuesday March 20 highlights the major points and issues arising from the consultation and actions being taken to address them.

Cllr Phil Twiss, Deputy Leader of East Devon District Council and portfolio holder for Strategic Developments and Partnerships, said:

The Preferred Approach consultation was a major opportunity for residents of Cranbrook and those living and working around the town to influence how the town grows and what they would like to see happen.

It was pleasing to see the level of public involvement during the consultation and particularly from those who attended consultation events before Christmas. There were constructive comments on the proposals and the services and facilities people want to see in the town, particularly the town centre.

The feedback report lets people know how work on the Cranbrook Plan is being progressed following the consultation and gives an idea of how the final draft is going to be formed.