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Cranbrook Wins Two National Housing Awards

East Devon’s new community of Cranbrook wins two Inside Housing Magazine’s ‘Top 60’ Awards – ‘winner of winners’ as Best Overall Development and winner of the Affordable Housing category.

Shortlisted in July for the ‘Affordable Housing Development of the Year’ category, Cranbrook was up against five other developments for the national title awarded by Inside Housing Magazine. The overall and category winners were unveiled today (Friday 16 October 2015) at a ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel to celebrate the Top 60 Developments and award the trophies.

Winner of Winners

Cranbrook came out top, winning the ‘Best Overall Development of the Year’, as well as winner of the ‘Affordable Housing Development of the Year’ category.

Cranbrook’s two Awards were collected by Richard Cohen, East Devon District Council’s Deputy Chief Executive. The Top 60 celebrate success and innovation in delivering new homes. The list highlights achievement in ten key areas, from design to sustainability. In each area, the best development is chosen and awarded a winner’s trophy, as well as a trophy for the overall winner.

L-R: Naomi Harnett (Exeter & East Devon Growth Point), Phil Stephens (Sovereign Housing), Richard Cohen (EDDC), Gareth Jones (DCH), Russell Baldwinson (DCH). (c) DCH

Richard Cohen, Deputy Chief Executive of East Devon District Council said: “We were delighted to have won both of these awards. For Cranbrook to be recognised again on a national level is a huge endorsement to the work we are doing with our partners to make a difference to the lives of people in East Devon and Exeter.

It has been a busy time for Cranbrook, with high profile visits from the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government and the head of the Homes and Communities Agency both in the last few weeks. Winning this award is the icing on the cake.”

Kevin Blakey, Chairman of Cranbrook Town Council welcomed the news, adding: “Everyone in Cranbrook will be so pleased that the town has won these highly acclaimed awards. It will send a clear message out to the rest of the country that things are happening here that are truly groundbreaking, and this will only add further to the exceptional community spirit and sense of identity we have here.”

The other developments highlighted in the Affordable Housing Development of the Year category can be found at: along with more information about the awards, the judges and each of the finalists.

The sponsors of the awards include: H + H, Higgins & NHBC.

Picture above shows L-R: Naomi Harnett (Exeter & East Devon Growth Point Team), Phil Stephens (Sovereign Housing), Richard Cohen (EDDC), Gareth Jones (DCH), Russell Baldwinson (DCH). (c) DCH.

Picture below shows Cranbrook from the air taken in September 2015 by Still Imaging.

Cranbrook from the air looking West - taken by Still Imaging

Posted by EEDGP 16 October 2015