Cranbrook has been designed with a vision for health and wellbeing at its core. Through the Healthy New Town programme, planners have been working with Space Syntax, a spatial design company, to consider how the layout of the town could affect the behaviour and wellbeing of the residents. With a view to establishing a cohesive, thriving community, they have looked particularly at how the town is connected within itself and to Exeter and beyond.
As Cranbrook expands there are greater opportunities on offer to co-create approaches that will support people to prevent ill health and increase physical activity. With new schools, community centres, a health & wellbeing hub and town centre still to be built, partnerships galvanised by the Healthy New Town programme are working together for the future of Cranbrook’s expected 20,000 residents.
A critical outcome of the Healthy New Town Programme has been the influence on the Cranbrook Development Plan. The plan, currently out for inspection, now includes an overarching policy on health and wellbeing https://eastdevon.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/cranbrook-plan/cranbrook-plan-consultation-responses-and-submission