Have your say on the future of Cranbrook

East Devon District Council is inviting Cranbrook residents to have their say on the town’s draft economic development strategy, which the local community helped shape through questionnaires carried out by the council in December 2014 and January 2015.

Earlier this year residents of Cranbrook explained how they wanted to see their town’s economy develop. Their comments have helped form the economic development strategy, which residents can now respond to.

The economic development strategy sets out the plan for the future of the Cranbrook economy -- for jobs, shops, businesses and more. 

Residents interested in sharing their views on the economic future of Cranbrook should first read the draft economic development strategy, which has been published online, before taking part in the online questionnaire: 

http://eastdevon.gov.uk/consultation-and-surveys/cranbrook-economic-plan    

The survey closes on the 27 September 2015. 

Leader of East Devon District Council, Councillor Paul Diviani said:

“It’s important that people who live and work in Cranbrook tell us what is important to them for the future. 

“All responses to the questionnaire will be considered when we flesh out the economic development strategy, which will provide the necessary evidence to shape a masterplan for Cranbrook.  East Devon District Council in conjunction with Savills Urban Design are building the next chapter of Cranbrook’s history, capturing a vision of how people will want to live and learn, work and shop, socialize and energise the town. 

“There will be more news soon on how to get involved in the masterplan, so watch this space.” 

Specialist consultants, Ash Futures, carried out research to find out from the community and a range of interested parties, what the draft economic development strategy should be. Now the council wants to know if people think the consultants have got it right. By establishing the masterplan, the council will be able to assess ideas for Cranbrook’s growth, put forward by developers, to decide if they will create the sort of town that residents wish to live in, attracting shops and businesses, creating employment and prosperity for the future. 

If you would like a paper copy of the draft strategy and questionnaire or need the documents in another format please call (01395) 517569.

Cranbrook August 2015. Source: Still Imaging