“Cranbrook is the first new stand alone settlement in Devon since the Middle Ages. The result of over 40 years of planning, it is now coming to fruition with development having started on site in June 2011 and the first new homes being completed in May 2012.”
40 YEARS!!! Anyone remember Cranbrook being discussed in the 1970’s and 1980’s? Or were all the discussions in secret?
And is anyone proud of what we have ended up with after 40 years of planning?
Here is a different view of this 40 year-in-the-making town:
“The Government’s Eco Towns Prospectus, released in July, states: “Cranbrook will be designed to high environmental standards above current building regulations. The first phase includes providing 16.7 percent of energy from renewable sources, with its use of biomass boilers to heat schools, commercial buildings and community facilities. The steps they are taking will provide many useful lessons for eco-towns.”
The town – which will be near Exeter Airport and a planned new “Skypark” business estate – is expected to consist of around 5,000 new homes by 2016.
Environmental campaigners, however, are unimpressed by the proposed eco-town and dismiss it as a “greenwash”. They are concerned about the potential for increased carbon emissions from residents commuting to work and the fact that Cranbrook will be built near a flood plain.
“I find this eco-town claim utterly amazing,” says Maurice Spurway, a spokesperson for Friends of the Earth. “Cranbrook will create a paved area close to a flood plain and its waste will probably be burned in an incinerator in Exeter, so carbon emissions would be maximised. The town is following all the wrong rules of development. This eco-town name is a marketing ploy without substance and I’m shocked the Government has fallen for it.”