From its earliest conception, the new town of Cranbrook was labelled an 'eco town':
Futures Forum: Cranbrook
The idea tied in nicely with the having-your-cake-and-eating-it notion of 'garden cities':
Futures Forum: Garden cities and greenfield sites
There has been so much spinning around Cranbrook, it is no wonder that everyone is dizzy:
Futures Forum: Cranbrook: What's the difference between a housing estate and an eco newtown?
Futures Forum: Happy news coming out of Cranbrook... churnalism and the partnership between developers and politicians...
The District Council has decided that it is 'downgrading the environmental standards' of Cranbrook - which is no surprise as in its 'devolution' bid, it has downgraded any mention of 'eco' anything:
Futures Forum: Devolution for Devon and Somerset? >>> "to mandate bodies of unelected businessmen to define and effect policy without any scrutiny or accountability to electors or their representatives."
The EDW blog comments:
EDDC QUIETLY DROPS THE “ECO TOWN” FROM CRANBROOK IN DRAFT LOCAL PLAN
17 DEC 2015
According to the front page of this month’s Cranbrook Herald, the lead story is that EDDC has dropped the words that it is built ton”eco-town standards” when describing Cranbrook in the draft Local Plan.
The town council agrees, saying that the phrase cannot apply when EDDC is “downgrading future environmental requirements for the town”.
It is apparently now being described as a “modern market town”.
EDDC quietly drops the “eco town” from Cranbrook in Draft Local Plan | East Devon Watch
Here is the full story from the Cranbrook Herald:
E-edition - Cranbrook Herald