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Out of all the potential options under the different key issues, decisions will be made on which are the most relevant or appropriate bearing in mind all the feedback received. We will then consult widely on these “preferred options”, including draft policies. After that, the decision will have to be made as to the final policy position.

St Dunstan’s has a rich and fascinating history dating back almost 1,000 years. Visit website

Cranbrook Town Band, founded in the 1920s, is a British-style brass band, which performs regular concerts in the Queen's Hall, St Dunstan's Church and around Kent.

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 Cranbrook has just marked its fifth birthday and help is needed to create a town that meets all future residents’ needs. In just five years Cranbrook has grown from zero to 1,300 homes. In the next five year it will more than double in size, and again in the next five! Cranbrook will be as big as Barnstaple in just 20 years.

We want Cranbrook to take its place in the natural hierarchy of Devon towns and to become a modern market town with close functional links with the other developments in the growth area, such as Skypark and Exeter Science Park.

Winter 2016: Cranbrook Preferred Options report considered by Development Management Committee at East Devon District Council. 

During the 19th century, a group of artists known as the "Cranbrook Colony" were located here. The Colony artists tended to paint scenes of domestic life in rural Kent – cooking and washing, children playing, and other family activities.

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The latest stage of the writing of this Cranbrook Development Plan was a public consultation on the issues that Cranbrook faces, and the options for how it develops in the future. This consultation was open from 13 June until 25 July 2016.

The vision for Cranbrook is to create a self-sufficient, low carbon new community in close proximity to skilled employment opportunities, encouraging people to use sustainable modes of transport and to reduce the need for them to travel between work and home by car.

Cranbrook will be THE FIRST mass open market development in the country to provide a district heating scheme on this scale.

Cranbrook is a small town known as the capital of the Weald. Its routes go back to 1290 when it was granted a charter by Archbishop Peckham, allowing it to hold a market in the high street. Today it retains that medieval heritage and a wander through the town will make you feel like you’ve stepped back into history with its medieval buildings, narrow pavements and high street and pretty, white clapboard cottages.

The second phase will include a second primary school and a secondary school.[3]

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The attractive market town of Cranbrook and the nearby pretty village of Sissinghurst form the nucleus of a vibrant and diverse community bounded by ancient woods and forests and enclosing rich farmland.

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The vision and challenge for Cranbrook is to create an attractive and vibrant town which combines the rich urban fabric of an historic Devon market town with the needs of a 21st century lifestyle. To create a town which responds to its setting and landscape and can be said to be "of Devon".

Cranbrook had a number of watermills and windmills over the centuries. There were about seventeen watermills around Cranbrook, all on tributaries of the River Beult.

The requirement to build extra housing in this area formed part of Devon's 2001–2016 Structure Plan and was included in East Devon's Local Plan 1995-2001. The first houses as well as St Martin's Primary school were completed in 2012[2] and at least 500 houses had been occupied by December 2013.[3] In March 2015, Cranbrook's population was estimated at 2,200, with nearly 1,000 homes occupied.[4]

Starting with a blank sheet of paper and 405.24 acres of land, the potential was limited only by our ambition. Cranbrook offers you a unique chance to enjoy and shape a genuinely special community.

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We've included every amenity, feature and facility you could wish for in your ideal home, on your perfect development. Cranbrook is a trailblazing new community.

The only building to escape the bulldozer was the south wing, which had contained the three classrooms of the infant school (the first three years). This building was gutted and converted to a surgery for general practice. A family planning clinic was built west of it. Sadly the old school's collection of formalin-pickled amphibians, reptiles and soft-bodied sea creatures disappeared when the school moved to its new premises.

Look out for the plaques on the buildings of historical interest, and a visit is not complete without a look at St Dunstan’s clock, which was a prototype for London’s Big Ben and a visit to Cranbrook’s famous Union Windmill. Cranbrook Museum is also worth a stop (closed in winter), and visitors will enjoy a pleasant stroll down Stone Street and the High Street which has a great selection of shops.

The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb (Marine West Coast Climate).[12]

Cranbrook is also served by Arriva Southern Counties buses

Cranbrook is the smallest town in Kent, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in everything else. It was in the top three in ‘The Times’ list of best towns in Britain. The newspaper described it as “an achingly pretty market town dotted with clapboard houses and a windmill.” Well worth a visit.

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Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Parish Council serves an exceptionally beautiful and commercially significant swathe of the Weald of Kent.  

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Cranbrook is in the Broadclyst ward of East Devon.

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This was a smock mill with common sails and winded[5] by hand. It was marked on the Ordnance Survey map covering the area which was published between 1858 and 1872. The mill was last worked in 1876 and was demolished on 9 August 1902. The mill stood 1¾ miles (2.8 km) north north east of the church.[4]

This has been an enormous challenge for the local authorities and developers of Cranbrook, to create a sustainable, vibrant and attractive new town from scratch.

Planning Authority: East Devon District Council

Queen's Hall Theatre, part of Cranbrook School, sponsors many theatre groups, including the Cambridge Footlights and Cranbrook Opera and Dramatic Society (CODS). The Showtimers pantomime group produces an annual show.

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Late Spring 2017: Submission Cranbrook Development Plan Document considered by Development Management Committee, East Devon District Council.