Cranbrook is relatively early in its developmental journey and much of the work to ensure it becomes a “Pioneering place-making for health and wellbeing” is behind the scenes, can be complex and hard to describe.  Bringing people together at the Cranbrook Learning Symposium,  highlighting successes and challenges helps to continue the learning and collaborate to prioritise the focus for Cranbrook’s continued journey.  This video snapshot of the day captures some of the energy and engagement in helping to shape Cranbrook and other new places.

Cranbrook Learning Symposium

Pioneering place-making for health & wellbeing

In March 2019 the Cranbrook Healthy New Town Programme presented a regional active learning event “Happy and Healthy People and Places” for key decision and policy makers who, working together are involved in the development of new communities and the regeneration of those that already exist.

The programme for the learning event was designed to show the breadth of work as part of a complex system where the challenges of developing a healthy new town are many and the positive opportunities are great. The programme is here.

Sharing and celebrating the local and national learning is a priority both to raise awareness of Cranbrook and its potential as a health and wellbeing leader and to support those who are pioneering in other places. It is through the HNT initiative that unique opportunities to test and learn for health and wellbeing across all sectors have and continue to be realised.


Cllr Caroline Chugg, Chair of Devon County Council – Welcome & Scene Setting

Dr. Virginia Pearson – Devon County Council – Health & Wellbeing System Insights (PDF

Harry Evans – King’s Fund – National to Local Level (PDF)

Mark Williams – East Devon District Council – Development, Challenges & Opportunities (PDF

Anna Rose – Space Syntax – Spatial Planning & Urban Design (PDF)

Simon Chant – Devon County Council, Kenji Shermer – East Devon District Council & Jenny McNeill – Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group – Connecting Wellness, Urban Form, Care Models & Health Outcomes (PDF

Stephen Farmer – Cranbrook Education Campus & Tania Beard – St. Martin’s C of E Primary School – Creating Community Anchors & Insights, Belong to Cranbrook (PDF)

Danny McDonnell – NHS England – Putting Health Into Place (PDF

Panel Q&A – How Are We Working Together?

Cranbrook Youth Performance – Wren Music

Cllr. Ray Bloxham – Cranbrook Town Council & Andy Wood – Exeter & East Devon Growth Point – Leadership & Governance: Developing a New Model of Stewardship (PDF

Catherine McLaughlin – Sport England – Towards An Active Nation (PDF)

James Watmough – Sport England & Cllr. Matt Osborn Cranbrook Town Council – A Pilot for Families Being Active Together (PDF

Les Netherton – Cranbrook Healthy New Town Programme – Closing Remarks (PDF)

Working together for common purpose

HNT Executive Group

Through collaboration and a place-based approach we are supporting Cranbrook’s journey to become a happy, healthy place of the future. Chaired by the Director of Public Health for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Dr Virginia Pearson, the Executive Group brings together decision makers from Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Cranbrook Town Council, East Devon & Exeter Growth Point, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Sport England and Action East Devon.
Pioneering new ways of working, designing and delivering through a co-production process will lead to sustainable improvements in health and wellbeing and bring benefits to local people both socially and economically. This approach will also catalyse innovation and act as a springboard for other new opportunities to improve health and wellbeing.

A National Impact

Published outcomes from NHS England

The HNT programme’s three priorities were: —  planning and designing a healthy built environment — creating innovative models of healthcare —  encouraging strong and connected communities, in March 2019 NHS England will publish “Putting Health Into Place”.  A practical guidance document with ten underpinning principles that will change the way we plan and deliver new places to be happy and healthy.

Follow this link for a pre-guidance publication leaflet that introduces the learning from the ten demonstrator sites that are already leading the way.

What participants valued about the Cranbrook Learning Symposium

“the range of contributors and their insights”

“getting community perspective from headteachers and real life examples for learning”

“confirmation of breadth of partners involved in development”