New homes and Travellers site plan for Cranbrook

Huge plans have been submitted to build more new homes in Cranbrook, along with a primary school, neighbourhood centre, a site for gypsies and travellers and a cemetery.

Anita Merritt www.devonlive.com

The proposals also include the creation of public open space and allotments.

The application for outline planning permission has been submitted this week by Persimmon Homes. It is hoping to build nearly 1,500 homes on land at Cobdens bounded to the north by the railway line, to the south by the existing ‘old’ A30 and now B3174 London Road.

The proposal includes:

  • Up to 1,435 new homes
  • A neighbourhood centre with a maximum of 750 sqm gross ground floor space (with uses including hot food takeaways and pubs/bars
  • Primary School with nursery provision, community room and a 50-place special educational needs school
  • Public open space
  • Allotments
  • Suitable alternative natural green space
  • Place of worship
  • Cemetery,
  • 10 serviced pitches for gypsies and travellers
Huge plans for news homes at at Cobdens in Cranbrook

Huge plans for news homes at at Cobdens in Cranbrook (Image: Still Imaging)

The application includes the demolition of four barns and associated infrastructure. Principal vehicular access will be off London Road. The precise mix of homes is yet to be confirmed.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has launched a consultation on the plans which form an important part of the planned expansion of Cranbrook and its ‘masterplan’.

In the Cobdens design and access statement it states: “The proposed expansion of Cranbrook will increase demand and footfall for the town centre facilities when they are built out.”

It added: “5km to the west of the site, is the adjacent Redhayes development site. The site follows similar built street principles to Cranbrook, albeit with a more contemporary building appearance.”

Regarding its impact on the landscape and environment it said: “It will create a distinctive and high-quality place which respects and enhances the character and assets of Cranbrook while ensuring connectivity with the existing community

“A ground-up approach that retains and protects the landscape framework of existing trees and hedgerows, and places them within public green Infrastructure for their longevity.

The site plan at Cobdens in Cranbrook

The site plan at Cobdens in Cranbrook

“The creation of complimentary new habitats will build upon the existing landscape framework and enhance site wide biodiversity. This will include new structural native species woodland planting, species rich hedgerows, native species trees, as well as a matrix of long meadow, wet meadow, and amenity grassland.”

For more details on the application – reference 22/0406/MOUT – please click here.