Cranbrook new town
Cranbrook is a major new town to the east of Exeter, being developed by the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, a partnership of local government, the Homes & Communities Agency and various private sector partners. Having received planning consent in 2010, the first Phase of Cranbrook is now complete and the second is well underway. The original concept of Cranbrook is as an eco-town. As well as Cranbrook new town, the growth point also includes many other developments. At the nearby Exeter International Airport, there will be expansion of the airport with a new terminal building, a Flybe aviation training facility, a Hampton by Hilton Hotel, and Skypark, a Sustainable Business Park with over 1.4 million sq ft of office and industrial space. Other plans include an intermodal freight terminal, a new Exeter Science Park and some major urban extensions for Exeter. A combined heat and power scheme will service Cranbrook and Skypark. Associated road schemes include improvements to two M5 motorway junctions and the Clyst Honiton bypass.
A new £5 million train station was opened in December 2015 to serve Cranbrook, two years later than originally planned. It is sited close to the first phase of the new town, but with two fields separating it from the residential area. The station, which can accommodate 6-car trains, has a 150 space car park, bicycle parking and bus and taxi facilities, although buses do not currently serve the stations. The developers paid £3 million towards the cost of the railway station.
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