Futures Forum: Thousands of new housing at Cranbrook - and still the District Council says "it is a it is a difficult and uncertain time to be planning a new town centre"
Futures Forum: An ever-expanding Cranbrook: "There are significant issues to resolve around how services and facilities are to be provided in the town in the future and how these are to be paid for."
Futures Forum: Cranbrook loses its town centre to become a dormitory suburb of Exeter
Recently, a planning application for a shopping centre nearby was turned down because of its impact on trying to create a town centre:
Major new £40m Exeter retail park is thrown out by planners - Devon Live
But not everyone was happy:
'Major opportunity lost for Exeter' say rejected retail park developers - Devon Live
The developers have had another go, as reported earlier in the East Devon Watch blog:
ANOTHER BLOW TO A NEW CRANBROOK TOWN CENTRE?
15 September 2018
A large shopping centre development at Sowton was recently turned down by Exeter City Council because it did not fit in with their vision for local centres in the large new housing developments springing up in that area. The scheme called for an out-of-town shopping centre with the likes of Next, Boots, etc.
The developer, rather than appealing the decision, has swiftly withdrawn the original plans and submitted a revised application, thus avoiding the hefty cost of submitting new plans.
They now say they will (possibly) include a post office, pharmacy and gym and maybe other smaller retail elements. This, they feel, fulfills the requirement for a more local feel to the plans.
Whether Exeter City Council agrees with this, or if an appeal is successful if they still reject it remains to be seen.
But it certainly puts a damper on those retail ventures willing to open up in secondary, nearby areas such as Cranbrook and those developers willing to take a chance on anything but (highly profitable) housing.
Another blow to a new Cranbrook town centre? | East Devon Watch
And as reported yesterday by Radio Exe:
Revised plans for £40m retail park
Revised plans for £40m retail park - Radio Exe