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Cranbrook Celebrates its 1,000th Household

A local family has received the historic accolade of being the 1,000th householder in East Devon’s new community of Cranbrook, today the 6th October 2015.

Natasha and Darren Sadler, together with their 4-year-old daughter Caitlin-Jo and Labrador Sammy, moved to Cranbrook in March this year.  As full time working parents, they chose to live in Cranbrook to suit their busy lives between work, home and family. The Sadler’s previously lived in a 2-bedroomed terrace house in Exeter, they felt they had outgrown their home and were looking to move to a more spacious property.

The family were delighted to discover that their property, which looks over the country park, was the 1,000th to be connected to the low carbon district heating scheme that serves both Cranbrook and neighbouring SkyPark with heat and hot water.

Natasha Sadler explains:

“We looked around the area to the East of Exeter, and happened to stop near a house which we felt drawn to. Coincidentally, after talking to sales staff, we were shown the very same property. It felt like we were destined to live here.

Cranbrook is a great location – close to both the M5 and Greendale Business Park which is only 10 minutes from where I am based for work.  We have excellent access to the M5 which is important because we get help with childcare from our family who live in Taunton.”


“We did our homework, comparing Cranbrook with other new builds in the area but we couldn’t beat the location and the price.” added Natasha, who travels widely in her role as Operations Assistant for Wales and West Utilities, whilst husband Darren is a Commercial Director for the Lifestyle Group, working with restaurants and clubs across the South West.

“It was the right time for us to move because our daughter, CJ, has just started school in Cranbrook, at St Martins Primary School and our lives are now simpler because instead of having childcare in Exeter and Taunton CJ is in school close to home.

“We’re enjoying living here and we were also helped into our new home by part exchanging our old one. Building work is ongoing, but this has not been an issue for us as we are at work during the day and at weekends it’s quiet around the town.”

Best of Days

“One of the best days we’ve had in our new home was spent hosting our daughter’s 4th birthday party.  We invited around twenty 4 year olds plus their parents, totalling about 40 people. We had a bouncy castle in the garden and we had a buffet with all the children’s favourites including jelly and ice cream.  The birthday cake was the grand centre piece, made by a friend in the shape of a pink castle.”


“We’ve enjoyed being part of the Cranbrook community days and we’re looking forward to meeting new parents and making new friends now that CJ is at school.  I also enjoy zumba on a Tuesday in the Younghayes Centre and we value the community market held fortnightly on a Thursday.” Natasha added.

“We’re looking forward to CJ settling into school and to having our first Christmas here with all our family. It’s nice to be in such a modern home, where all the doorways are wheelchair-friendly, which is very important to us with disabled parents.

“The Facebook groups are helpful to tell you what is going on. We’re excited to be part of this very young town – full of young people and families, just like us!”

Councillor Kevin Blakey, Cranbrook Town Council Chairman said:

“Reaching its 1000th household is a significant milestone for our town. We extend a warm welcome to the Sadler family, as part of the developing community that is Cranbrook.” 

East Devon District Council Leader, Councillor Paul Diviani added: 

“As one of the UK’s fastest growing towns, reaching 1,000 households so quickly is a nationally important achievement for Cranbrook and a tribute to the collaboration of all parties involved. This is especially remarkable when targets for housing are being missed. It’s a great example of helping families to live in the kind of homes they need. The Sadler family are now part of the vibrant community of Cranbrook and I’m sure we all wish them well.” 

Cranbrook's Sadler family and their dog













Inside the Sadler family's home