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Cranbrook Street Names Revealed


A map of phase one of Cranbrook new community in East Devon was revealed today (Monday 5 December 2011) including the names of all the streets.

The names were all suggested by members of the local community who worked with their Parish Councils and East Devon District Council (EDDC) to develop the list, all of which have a connection to the landscape, named after specific agricultural terms or families and individuals associated with the area around Cranbrook, near Rockbeare.

The process of agreeing names began in April 2011 at an initial meeting between EDDC and the Parish Councils of Rockbeare, Clyst Honiton, Broadclyst and Whimple, at which they studied some historic maps and records of original field enclosures. The majority of the names are taken from the Tithe Apportionment maps created in the mid 1800s (held at the Devon Record Office) and from agricultural terms, both of which were ideas put forward by the Parish Councils.

The main route through the new community, ‘Younghayes Road', is after the farm which also gives its name ‘Younghayes' to the whole of the Phase 1 area of Cranbrook, a decision which was unanimously agreed at the first meeting.

Burrough Fields, which will become the road to the railway station, was named after the late Mr Burrough, a farmer whose former land is in the area which will become much of the country park and the vicinity of the planned railway station.

With infrastructure work well underway in anticipation of the first buildings being erected on site, the map marks another significant milestone towards the creation of the new community - the first free-standing new settlement in Devon since the Middle Ages.

Councillor Andrew Moulding, EDDC's Cabinet Member for Strategic Development and Partnerships said:

"East Devon District Council has been working closely with the Joint Parish Councils to develop the street names for the first phase of Cranbrook, which will be known as ‘Younghayes'. Local residents have really engaged in recalling information and researching the names. The fact that the list makes reference to features of the local landscape and to links in previous generations with connections to the land is a great foundation for a new community.

"Following an extensive process of checking with the Post Office for duplicate names in the area and gaining consent from the all the families involved, we are pleased to be able to reveal the final list for the new community".  

The vision for Cranbrook is to create a low-carbon new community close to skilled opportunities, encouraging residents to use sustainable modes of transport. Phase One of Cranbrook (‘Younghayes') will see 1,120 homes built, 300 of which will be affordable homes to be managed by housing associations.  A further 100 homes will be designed to be affordable open market housing.

A range of house types will be built to meet the needs of local families. There will be a new school, community facilities, new railway station and a unique environmentally friendly district heating system. Work is due to start on the Primary School before Christmas, with house building in early 2012.

An online interactive 3D masterplan for Exeter & East Devon Growth Point has been created of all the major developments planned for the area. To view this and for more information about projects in the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, visit the website:



Notes to Editors:

The street names for Cranbrook Phase 1 (Younghayes) are:

Alma Villa Rise


Barn Orchard

Best Park

Brooks Warren

Broom Park

Burrough Fields

Copseclose Lane

Farm Park

Gratton Park

Hayes Square

Henry's Run

Higher Meadow

Kemps Field

Long Orchard

Lower Barton

Mayfield Way

Mead Cross

Meadow Lane

Oakbeer Orchard

Old Garden Pasture

Pitt Park

Post Coach Way

Pouncel Lane

Roman Way

Seven Acres

South Hayes Meadow

South View Pasture

St Michael's Way

Summer Meadow

Three Corner Field

Upper Barton

West Down Court

Wheat Field Lane


Woods Pasture

Younghayes Road

For media enquiries or interview requests, please contact either:

Exeter and East Devon Growth Point:

Contact either Drew Aspinwall or Lesley Crocker on 01395 571744 or email or

East Devon District Council:

Nick Stephen, Communications Officer, on 01395 517559 or email