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'Eco-Trailblazer' town to be built

Planning permission has been granted for a road to access a new community in Devon, which is set to be built in the coming months.

Construction work will begin on the town this month, with plans for over 3,000 new homes to eventually populate the community. 

The new town, located in east Devon, will be called Cranbrook. It will also have an energy plant, a library, new schools and a community centre.

Cranbrook is being created to help satisfy increasing housing needs in the area. Outline planning consent was secured for an initial 1,100 homes in October 2010.

The town has been designed to be self-sufficient, low-carbon and create a number of fresh job opportunities.

East Devon District Council has described Cranbrook as an “eco-trailblazer”.

Council leader Sara Randall Johnson said that the contemporary market town could set examples for other communities in Devon.

“A top priority is to ensure that the new community is sustainable, both in terms of reducing resource use and minimising carbon emissions,” she said.

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