Monday, October 7, 2013
A new £8.4million Dinan Way extension linking Hulham Road with the Saddlers Arms could be back on the cards 23 years after it was first mooted.
It follows Strand-based developer Eagle Investments revealing their plans for a 350-home housing estate and new 210-pupil primary school at the top of Dinan Way and Hulham Road this week.
They are holding a public exhibition next week to show what it could look like and they want residents to have their say before they file for outline planning permission.
Goodmores Farm, also called Upper Lovering, is in East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) 13-year blueprint for more homes in Exmouth, called the Local Plan.
Exmouth has been earmarked for 700 homes, split between Clinton Devon Estates Plumb Park project and Goodmores Farm.
The plan says that the new homes would need a new school and a new road.
A huge wedge of land between Hulham Road and the A376 has already been earmarked for the extension and labelled the ‘Dinan Way Safeguarding area’.
County chiefs have put the price tag of a new road at £8,352,000 which would be paid for by developers through schemes like the Community Infrastructure Levy.
John Fowler of Eagle Investments said: “We would expect to have to contribute to a CIL towards a Dinan Way extension. We are talking a lot of money.
“We would hope to file for outline planning permission (for Goodmores Farm) in the near future.”
District council bosses says that planning approval for Goodmores Farm was not dependent on a new road being completed.
A spokesman said: “It would be a longer term need as things stand at the moment.
“But that could change after we have received the findings of the Inspector currently examining our Draft Local Plan.”
A spokesperson for Eagle Investments said: “We want to hear from the community before we submit a planning application.
“Our project team will be at the exhibition to answer any questions.
“This will decide the guiding principles of future development on the site. Within our outline application we are proposing 0.5 hectares of land for community or commercial uses.
“What will be located on this land has not yet been decided and will respond to the needs of the local community.”
The exhibition is on Thursday, October 10, at Brixington Primary School between 4.30pm and 8.30pm.