Exeter & East Devon Growth Point
Devon, EX5 7DR
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The vision for Cranbrook is to create a self-sufficient, low carbon new community in close proximity to skilled employment opportunities, encouraging people to use sustainable modes of transport and to reduce the need for them to travel between work and home by car.
Work is underway on the building the new community of Cranbrook, with outline planning permission (subject to a section 106 agreement) for 2,900 homes.
Our aim is to build Cranbrook to the highest code for sustainable homes we can and by doing so become a trail blazer for low carbon mass open market housing developments.
The vision and challenge for Cranbrook is to create an attractive and vibrant town which combines the rich urban fabric of an historic Devon market town with the needs of a 21st century lifestyle. To create a town which responds to its setting and landscape and can be said to be "of Devon".
The development of a free standing new settlement has not been attempted in Devon since the Middle Ages.
Devon towns of the Middle Ages have evolved organically over almost a millennium into successful service centres. Their rich fabric of buildings and infrastructure reflects the collective wealth of their social and political history, but moreover they are quintessentially Devonian.
This has been an enormous challenge for the local authorities and developers of Cranbrook, to create a sustainable, vibrant and attractive new town from scratch.
We want Cranbrook to take its place in the natural hierarchy of Devon towns and to become a modern market town with close functional links with the other developments in the growth area, such as Skypark and Exeter Science Park.
A top priority for the Growth Point and the New Community Partners is to ensure that the new community is sustainable, both in terms of reducing resource use and minimising carbon emissions.
The urban design principles for the new community address a number of these issues: creating an integrated community with a sense of place, ensuring that there is sustainable transport provision, that the ecology of the immediate environment is considered and that we recognise the need to develop a thriving local economy.
Our target is to deliver a high proportion of affordable housing across the whole development, assisted by funding from the Homes and Communities Agency, with an integrated mix of housing throughout the site. We also recognise the need for key social and community infrastructure to be available to the new residents as early in the development as possible.
In order for place-shaping to begin, the new residents must have access to key services, local governance, recreational facilities. This includes a Country Park as well as more formal leisure activities and other vital community infrastructure. For this reason one of the first buildings on site will be the multi-purpose building (MPB) which will serve many of these functions.
Also with the support of the Homes and Communities Agency's Low Carbon Infrastructure Fund, the Growth Point, New Community Partners, E.ON and St.Modwen (one of the joint venture partners for Skypark), a Combined Heat and Power (CHP), District Heating Scheme has been designed and is currently under construction. This single energy centre will serve both Cranbrook and SKypark and could be powered by a biomass fuel.
This scheme will serve the whole community at Cranbrook and would mean reduced energy bills and hot water always available. It is estimated that the installation of biomass district heating and a CHP plant in the Growth Area to generate electricity and heat for the first 2900 homes at Cranbrook, could provide an estimated 13,000 tonnes of CO2 saving a year.
Cranbrook will be THE FIRST mass open market development in the country to provide a district heating scheme on this scale.
Work started in June 2011 and from 12 May 2012 the first show homes will be available to view. For more information about the various milestones in the development, click here for the news items.
There is a 3D model of Cranbrook New Community available online, to view it click here.
Planning Authority: East Devon District Council
Lead Applicant: New Community Partners