Cranbrook cash row
PUBLISHED: 15:48 16 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 10 June 2010
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16: EAST Devon's lead councillor has labelled Cranbrook a 'national example of non-delivery' as struggles to agree developer funding delays the new town project. Quibbles over payments towards the likes of a new bypass east of Exeter have put back the scheme
EAST Devon's lead councillor has labelled Cranbrook a 'national example of non-delivery' as struggles to agree developer funding delays the new town project.Quibbles over payments towards the likes of a new bypass east of Exeter have put back the scheme to build an initial 2,500 homes, rising to nearly 7,000 by 2026.Speaking at last week's EDDC executive meeting, council leader Sara Randall Johnson said progress had stuttered as negotiations over payment continue, particularly with local authorities' budget constraints preventing any 'pump-priming' of money for projects.Ms Randall Johnson said: "The reason Cranbrook hasn't been delivered is the complexity of getting the 106 agreements agreed. That is why we have had the long delay."A 106 agreement allows a council to agree a scheme with a developer, providing a public benefit with the project."Cranbrook is an extremely good national example of non-delivery. If we take one part of it, the Clyst Honiton bypass, there is a need, but who is going to pay for it? "In the Skypark, the intermodal freight unit and Cranbrook, we have three projects, but who is going to pay for that road? We have each saying no, that they individually don't need it, but cumulatively the road is required."A failure to source adequate funding will see the bypass plans at junction 29 face a review from the County Council highways department. In May this year the government reiterated financial support promises, allocating £1 million toward Cranbrook this year, plus £5.5 million between 2008 and 2011.