Dinan Way link: challenge rejected

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:28 03 April 2017

Proposal for the new Dinan Way link.

Proposal for the new Dinan Way link.

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Plans to extend Dinan Way have finally been given the green light, after a call for planning permission to be blocked was rejected by ministers.

The road had previously seemed set to proceed when it was approved by county planners in January. However, the National Trust then protested to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) that the application should be ‘called in’.

Had it done so, a final decision on planning permission would have been made by the Secretary of State; however, DCLG has now decided to take no further action, which means the planning permission stands.

This does not mean construction is imminent, as Devon County Council (DCC) must first carry out further negotiations.

A DCC spokesman said: “Conditional planning consent has been granted for the scheme. The county council will now be looking to acquire the necessary land, and funding, but no delivery period has been identified as yet.”

The National Trust had opposed the scheme, citing the effect on the Grade One listed A la Ronde, in nearby Summer Lane.

In a statement following the DCLG decision, the National Trust said: “We hope that DCC will now redouble its efforts to work with Historic England and the National Trust to help ensure the long-term protection of A la Ronde and to pursue the safeguards they proposed during the planning consultation period.”

Councillor Bernard Hughes, ward member for Halsdon and Woodbury, said: “I’m absolutely delighted. That road is desperately needed to cope with development to the east and north of the town, and also I suspect in the not too distant future the south of the town, with plans like Plumb Park and extension of industrial estates at Liverton.”

In contrast, Cllr Chris Carter, chairman of Lympstone Parish Council, which has opposed the new road, said his reaction was one of ‘shock’ and ‘horror’.

He added: “The possibility of flooding and various other things are back on the schedule. They are taking part of Lympstone without giving us any recompense.”

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