Cranbrook, Devon

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New buildings in Cranbrook
Cranbrook is located in Devon
Location within Devon
Population2,200 (as of March 2015)
Civil parish
  • Cranbrook
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townEXETER
Postcode districtEX5
Dialling code01404
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°44′49″N 3°24′47″W / 50.747°N 3.413°W / 50.747; -3.413Coordinates: 50°44′49″N 3°24′47″W / 50.747°N 3.413°W / 50.747; -3.413

Cranbrook is a new town being developed in East Devon, England, initially consisting of 2,900 residential properties, rising to up to 6,551 properties by 2027.[1] It is located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) east-north-east of the centre of Exeter, just north-west of the village of Rockbeare, between the B3174 road (London Road) and the West of England Main Line railway. The civil parish was formed on 1.4.2015.[2]

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[3] and at least 500 houses had been occupied by December 2013.[4] In March 2015, Cranbrook's population was estimated at 2,200, with nearly 1,000 homes occupied.[5]

In September 2018 Cranbrook hosted the start of Stage 2 of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race.

Cranbrook is in the Broadclyst ward of East Devon.

Accessibility and transport[edit]

Cranbrook railway station on the Exeter - Waterloo line opened in 2015. The project cost over £5 million,[3] and provides an hourly service to Exeter and London Waterloo.

Cranbrook, as seen from the train station

Stagecoach South West operate three bus routes serving the town: the 4 between Exeter, Cranbrook, Ottery St Mary, Honiton and Axminster; the 4A between Exeter, Cranbrook, West Hill, Ottery St Mary and Honiton; and the 4B which is an early morning bus which goes to Exeter, Cranbrook, West Hill, Ottery St Mary, Honiton and Axminster. On Sundays the only service to run is the 4 as a reduced service from Exeter to Cranbrook.

Cranbrook is 2.2 miles from Exeter International Airport.


The first phase of the Cranbrook development is known as "Younghayes". A primary school (St Martin's) opened in September 2012. The Younghayes Centre is complete and is used as a meeting point for clubs. There is also a neighbourhood centre with a general shop and a pharmacy.

The second phase includes a second primary school and a secondary school as part of the Cranbrook Education Campus, as well as a town centre.[4]


  1. ^ "Regional Spatial Strategy – Devon County Council's Formal Advice to the Regional Assembly in respect of Proposals for the Exeter Area" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2007. Retrieved March 22, 2007.
  2. ^ "The Cranbrook (Reorganisation of Community Governance) Order. 2015" (PDF). Lgbce. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Creating Cranbrook" (PDF). East Devon Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 17, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Approval granted for main road for new phase of development at Cranbrook". 10 December 2013.
  5. ^ "People power - Cranbrook community star in short film". East Devon Council. Archived from the original on February 8, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Cranbrook, Devon at Wikimedia Commons