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Cranbrook Means Business



AS the first residents start to move in, businesses now have the opportunity to establish themselves at the very heart of phase one of the new community of Cranbrook.

The first two non-residential buildings are now almost ready for their first occupants and East Devon District Council is now looking for organisations to establish themselves in this emerging community.

Work on St. Martin's Primary School and the Younghayes Centre (formerly known as the Multi-Purpose Building) are nearing completion and will be open in September; meanwhile the house builders continue to welcome a steady stream of visitors to their show homes, with future residents reserving their new homes and collecting keys to their new lives at Cranbrook.

The very first couple to live at Cranbrook moved into their brand new property early in July.

Be the first

Businesses now have the opportunity to be the first organisations to establish themselves at the birth of the new community. Two work spaces are becoming available within the Younghayes Centre at the heart of Cranbrook and expressions of interest are now being sought, with a deadline of Friday 3 August 2012 set for submissions from prospective tenants.

The Younghayes Centre will initially house a GP surgery and town council, with the community hall available for hire for meetings, sports activities and classes.  There are two additional suites in the centre for business use, Suite One which measures 123 m², and Suite Two at 20 m².

Younghayes Centre














Councillor Paul Diviani, Leader of East Devon District Council, said: "Our new community is about the future, about growth and opportunities. We have laid the foundations with transport infrastructure and superfast broadband in place. The community facilities, the sheer sustainability and energy efficiency will be the envy of many. Now we are looking for thrusting, dynamic businesses that can see the benefits of being in this modern commercial environment who want to come and join us from day one".

The Younghayes Centre has been designed to BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) ‘excellent' rating, which means that the building meets the highest standards of design and sustainability.  Like the rest of Cranbrook, the building is connected to the eco-friendly district heating system, which is powered from the E.ON Energy Centre on the site of nearby Skypark Business Park.


Work is expected to begin early in 2013 on the new £4.5million Cranbrook railway station on the Exeter to Waterloo line. The station will be a short distance for the Younghayes Centre and a timetable is in place for an hourly service between Cranbrook and stations in Exeter and stops in the London direction, South West Trains anticipate that all services using that line will call at Cranbrook.

Younghayes Centre under construction July 2012













Expressions of interest

East Devon District Council is inviting offers, together with detailed proposals for the use of the space for a new lease of up to five years.  These should be submitted in writing and prior to Friday 3 August 2012.

For more information contact:
Rob Harrison on 01395 517498 / 01395 517416 or email


Notes to Editors:


For more information regarding space at the Younghayes Centre, Cranbrook contact:

Rob Harrison, Estates and Economic Development, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL

Contact: 01395 517498 / 01395 517416 /


For more media information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Nick Stephen, Communications Officer, on 01395 517559

Issued by: 17 July 2012