Cranbrook highest anti-social behaviour area in July 2019

“… Police crime statistics have revealed Exeter’s most anti-social neighbourhood.

The area with the most incidents of anti-social behaviour was ‘on or near’ Bluehayes Lane on the outskirts of Cranbrook. The data, provided by police.uk, says there were nine offences of that type in the month of July.

On top of that there were two more reports of criminal damage and arson, one of public disorder, and two vehicle crimes.

The ASB figure, which could include noisy neighbours, rowdiness, littering and graffiti, is higher than traditional trouble hotspots in the city centre of Exeter.

The crime map does not give exact locations of where incidents happened and instead refers to incidents ‘on or near’ a point on the map. That might explain why Bluehayes Lane, a seemingly quiet, rural, single-lane street which has yet to be developed as part of the wider Cranbrook scheme, is named and shamed while most of the other streets in Cranbrook appear crime-free.

The new town to the east of Exeter has been trying to shake off its reputation for low-level crime. Some residents have complained about older teenagers hanging around shops in the evening because they have little else to do. But most say the area is safe and welcoming. …”

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/crime-figures-reveal-exeters-most-3299820

Why multi-generational old Etonians are secure in these troubling times

Swire, of course, is an old Etonian whose wealth derives through many generations from Hong Kong and China.

” … There are no fundamental political differences between Cameron, Johnson and Rees-Mogg because they belong to the same world. A world of extreme wealth where there has never been any decline for them. They are secure, as their parents and grandparents and great-grandparents were before them. Once that security may have come from land; now it comes from hedge funds and shipping fortunes and extracurricular salaries (“chicken feed”, Johnson said of the £250,000 a year he was paid to write a column). Whatever happens in the next 30 or 40 years, post-Brexit, isn’t going to affect them. Privilege is like an unwritten constitution: you can never lose what you never have to find.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/magazine/the-sunday-times-magazine/how-etons-cosseted-world-shaped-boris-johnson-2k7dkppkh?

Tory Party gangs up on “The Independent Group” in Exmouth about “transparency and “open-ness”

“… Despite remaining the largest single group on EDDC the Conservatives respect that electors wanted change based on a manifesto of Openness and Transparency repeatedly promised by the new administration comprised of some of those elected as Independent Councillors, but that promised change has stalled already.

He added “Little has changed since the election in May where the new administration says that their first priority has been to provide continuity, which begs the question as to what the previous Conservative administration was doing badly that needed change”.

In the case of Exmouth, Openness and Transparency has been ditched pretty quickly where the new administration did not bother consulting with Exmouth ward members or key stakeholders about their half-baked decision to close down the Exmouth Regeneration Board, replacing it with the Queens Drive Delivery Group.

Plans to hold the meetings of the new group in private have been heavily criticised by other councillors for the lack of Openness and Transparency, as well as the narrow remit of the proposed Group. …”

https://exmouth.nub.news/n/exmouth-deserves-better-than-this—conservative-chairman-speaks-out?

DevonLive’s attempt to talk up Cranbrook – own goal

UPDATE: in the couple of hours since the publication of this post, the comments on the DevonLive site have been cleaned up!

Hot on the heels of criticism of Cranbrook, DevonLive attempted to find some “good news” about it. However, it didn’t go quite to plan.

The first person they chose works in the local estate agent’s office – well, you’d hardley expect any criticism there – duh.

The second person had a few nice things to say about it and then rather spoilt it with this comment:

… It feels like they [houses] were just thrown up, to be honest, with cheap materials.” she says. “The walls are very thin. It is fine between our house and the neighbours but the inside walls are different. There is a lot of creaking and you don’t expect that with a new house. The garage roof was leaking too. That was fixed but it is leaking again now.

It would be nice to have a town centre,” she says. “They keep saying we’ll have one but we haven’t yet. This Co-op can’t really cope with the number of people. We like it here overall. The school facilities are very good and there are a lot of young families. We don’t have any plans to move and will stay for the foreseeable future.

“On the downside the trains are crowded and often don’t turn up at all. But they’ve just put more buses on and they are every 20 minutes to Exeter.”

The third person said:

“… The shop should be more affordable. Overall it is enjoyable but there is not enough to do for the teenagers. I have a teenage son and I don’t think there is anything here for him to do. Some of them hang around the shop and benches in the evening.

“The primary school is lovely but we have problems with communication with the college.”

Then comes journalism at its BEST! What makes Cranbrook so good?

The constant supply of new housing is clearly a selling point for Cranbrook. Young families in particular are attracted to homes built for modern-living, with fitted kitchens, double-glazing, reliable boilers and infrastructure, patio-doors to the garden, little or no upkeep worries.”

Er, sorry guys, Cranbrook Town Council just took on estate rent charges from developers for the whole town and council tax bills rose to cover them!

The journalist goes on, foot in mouth:

As of 2019 Cranbrook – a start-from-scratch development – is a market town without a market and a population to shop ratio of 1:5,000.”

THEN you come to the comments! Suffice to say, most are NOT complimentary, and some are VERY rude!

Better luck next time!

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/what-people-really-think-cranbrook-3285460#comments-section

Another developer attempts to rip-off EDDC (and the NHS)

.”A housing developer has been accused of ‘blackmail’ over a refusal to pay any contribution to the NHS.

Councillors had previously agreed to a land swap between the Exeter Science Park and Eagle One that would make the next phase of the Science Park expansion more deliverable and allow the 150 new homes to form an extension of the Redhayes/Mosshayne development.

The plans were agreed by councillors in April, subject to a viability assessment of a £216,000 contribution towards the NHS due to the impact of the development.

At last Tuesday’s East Devon District Council development management committee meeting, Chris Rose, the council’s development manager, said that the NHS contribution would not have a sufficiently detrimental impact on scheme viability to cause the proposed land transfer to fail.

But he said that Eagle One have said that as the overall transaction would not be in their interest, they will not agree to provide any NHS contribution.

Officers had recommended that councillors approve the application, even without any NHS contribution.

Mr Rose said: “In pure viability grounds, our viability consultant considers that with the contribution to the Trust, the development is still just viable but could certainly support a reduced sum of £81,422 as officers have tried to negotiate.

“However, the applicant is not prepared to enter into a S106 agreement which includes any contribution to the Trust as they consider it doesn’t meet the tests for acceptability and that the land deal is on the basis of what was previously agreed without the contribution to the Trust.

“The options open to the council are therefore to either refuse planning permission on the basis that the development does not adequately mitigate its impact on health services, or accept that no contribution to the Trust will be forthcoming and proceed.

“The main risk with a refusal is that the proposed land deal would be lost which would negatively impact on the delivery of the Science Park.

“To issue an approval of planning permission without the contribution to the Trust would secure the land deal and have huge benefits to the progress of the Science Park. Members would need to be clear that to do this would accept no mitigation for the impact of the development on health services.

While at the current time, significant weight should be attached to the request for a contribution to the NHS Trust, it is considered that greater weight should be attached to the proposed land transfer which will facilitate significant long terms gains for the delivery of a major science park integrated with the other development happening in the area.

“While there are grounds to secure a contribution to the Trust, nevertheless the applicant will not agree to a contribution and have advised that they will not enter into the land transfer on this basis. “The only way for the Council to proceed with confidence that the land swap transaction will go ahead would be without the NHS contribution.”

He added though that late documentation had been provided by the applicant from neighbouring councils to support Eagle One’s assertion that the NHS’s request was not justified, but that officers had not had the chance to fully assess the documentation.

Cllr Kevin Blakey, portfolio holder for economy, said that the application should be approved due to the benefits it would bring to the Science Park, and that if it was refused, the land swap deal was almost certain to fail.

He added: “Although the request is legal, this deal won’t proceed if there is a requirement for Eagle One to make a contribution. It may be unpalatable but if we want to see this happen and introduce opportunities for highly paid and highly skilled jobs, this deal should proceed.”

But Cllr Mike Allen, lead member for business and employment, said that while the land swap should proceed, there should be a contribution for the NHS as it was viable. He added: “This has been rejected by Eagle One and I think they have stepped over the line from negotiation to bullying.”

Cllr Steve Gazzard said that he had real concerns about the application and that Eagle One’s behaviour was ‘tantamount to blackmail’. He said: “They will build 150 homes so that could be up to 500 people, and it will increase pressure on the NHS. It is not an undemanding request that they should provide something.”

He proposed that the application be deferred to seek further advice on the legitimacy of the health contribution following additional information being submitted by the applicant.

Cllr Paul Hayward supported him, although said: “I wouldn’t use the word blackmail. I think undue pressure may be better. I am sure there is a reason why the NHS has asked, so we have to take it into account. We have asked for something, and they are saying they won’t pay and won’t move their position at all. We need to see the evidence.”

The council’s solicitor, Henry Gordon Lennox, said that officers had considered the benefits from the land swap were sufficiently great that the application should be approved, even if there is no contribution towards the NHS.

He said: “We were content that the contribution was justified, and we have now been given information that it isn’t, and we haven’t had a chance to look at it properly. But as they aren’t paying a contribution anyway, so it is irrelevant.

“Our officers are suggesting you approve it without any contribution to the NHS. If you are not willing to do that, then deferral is the right option, as we need to understand the legitimacy of the health contribution.”

The committee agreed to defer a decision for a further month to seek further advice on the legitimacy of the health contribution.”

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/blackmail-claims-over-housing-developers-3205288

Not the first time Eagle One has hit the headlines:

https://eastdevonwatch.org/2018/06/25/eddc-current-planning-policy-encapsulated-in-one-planning-application/

https://eastdevonwatch.org/2014/11/19/more-development-between-exeter-and-cranbrook-when-will-it-stop/