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Cranbrook shortlisted for national town planning award

Cranbrook is tipped for RTPI planning excellence award  

The new community of Cranbrook has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award organised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Cranbrook is a finalist in the 'Excellence in Planning to Deliver Infrastructure' category in the national RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2015. The submission has also been put forward for the RTPI South West Awards 2015, from which Cranbrook won an award for ‘best entry’ in last years competition.

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence highlight exceptional examples of planning and celebrate the contribution that planners and planning make to society.  

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The Exe Estuary Trail has also been shortlisted in the same category for the submission ‘A case study in promoting walking and cycling within a sensitive environment’, from Devon County Council.

Both projects will be up against some of the best examples of planning in the country and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday 6 July 2015 at the Pullman London St. Pancras, hosted by The Rt Hon Nick Raynsford, chair of judges.

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are also where the Silver Jubilee Cup has been awarded annually since 1977 to the entry judged to be the most outstanding from amongst the individual winners in the various categories.


Cranbrook is a new community in East Devon located seven miles east of Exeter City Centre and developed in partnership with the Exeter & East Devon Growth Point, Exeter City Council and Devon County Council.

It has the potential to accommodate over 7,500 new homes over the next 20 years. Development started in June 2011 and over 1,000 homes are already built and occupied, with outline planning permission granted for 3,500 homes.

The citation for Cranbrook in the entry submitted to the awards organizers says: “Cranbrook is a leading example of infrastructure-led planning, with a programme of improved transport infrastructure including new roads, a railway station, bus routes and cycle paths, as well as district heating, new schools, a community centre, GP surgery and shops being delivered at the earliest stage possible to enable the settlement to develop as a new community from the outset”.

Exe Estuary Trail Shortlisted  

The Exe Estuary Trail has also been nominated in the 'Excellence in Planning to Deliver Infrastructure' in the RTPI Awards. The £17m Exe Estuary Trail is a cycle and walking route that extends over 16 miles set within the backdrop of the Exe Estuary, on Devon’s south coast. It is a largely off road facility linking Exeter Quay, at the heart of the city and the head of the Exe Estuary, to the coastal towns of Exmouth and Dawlish.

Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said:“The shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work. The 80 finalists highlight exceptional examples of planning that have made an impact and brought considerable benefits. It will be a tremendous challenge picking individual category winners from such a high quality field”.  

For more information about Cranbrook and to view the short film showing how the new community is growing click here.

Issued by EDDC 2 April 2015