MSc Planning students visit Cranbrook New Town
Students visited staff at the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point on 8 October 2013 to witness progress with the design and construction of the new town at Cranbrook on the outskirts of Exeter. The development is part of three urban extensions planned for Exeter to bring growth to the east of the city based around the SkyPark, A30 up-grade and Science Park. The initial concept for the new town was proposed in 1991, but the first residents moved in during 2012. Students visited St Martin’s School, which opened in September 2012 to provide primary and nursery spaces for new residents and was funded by a Section 106 agreement. They also visited the District Heating Centre, which will heat all homes in the new settlement and contribute towards the zero carbon goal, and the Neighbourhood Centre, which will act as town hall, library and doctor’s surgery as well as the home of the Community Forum. By 2026, it is expected that Cranbrook will have 6,000 houses and a population of 15,000.
RTPI Regional Chair 2014: Professor Chris Balch of Plymouth University
Professor Chris Balch has been appointed RTPI Regional Chair of the South West Branch during 2014. One of his main responsibilities has been to plan and chair 11 CPD seminars, including sessions on neighbourhood planning, innovations in stakeholder engagement, planning for renewable energy, place making and managing change in coastal communities. His leadership also coincides with the centenary of the RTPI with planned events including public debates on key issues in planning (in Plymouth and Bristol), a concert in Exeter Cathedral and a regional competition for schools on the achievements of planning in the South West over the last one hundred years.