Cranbrook Funding Announced

The Government has announced £20 million worth of investment in the East Devon new town of Cranbrook. Some of the money will go on infrastructure projects.

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Government funding to speed up Cranbrook development

A government minister was in East Devon today to see how work is progressing on the new town of Cranbrook, which will eventually be home to more than 6,000 families.

It's been held up as model for what new housing developments should be like, but has run into difficulty because of the economic climate.

As our Exeter correspondent Seth Conway reports, it's hoped new government funding will help speed things up:

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Housing Minister to visit new town

The Housing Minister, Mark Prisk, is due to visit Devon's newest town today. It comes as a £20 million grant is awarded to speed up building work in Cranbrook, which has slowed in the current economic climate.

Houses under construction in Cranbrook Credit: ITV Westcountry

The money will help the construction of more than 6,000 new homes and new transport links and should create 1,500 jobs.