District council backs Dinan Way extension

PUBLISHED: 06:30 22 December 2016

Proposal for the new Dinan Way link.

Proposal for the new Dinan Way link.

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The proposed completion of Dinan Way has been supported by district planners.

Devon County Council has applied for planning permission for a new stretch of road, running between a roundabout junction with the existing Dinan Way and Hulham Road to the east, and a new roundabout on the A376 to the west, around 150 metres north of Courtlands Cross.

County council planners will decide on permission, but East Devon District Council (EDDC) is a consultee, and has now offered its support.

However, in a written response, an EDDC planning officer said there were aspects that should be looked at closely, including the effect on National Trust property A la Ronde.

He wrote: “Further consideration should be given to key views from the Shell Gallery and Gantry associated with A la Ronde, in particular views to the north, and the impact this would have on the contribution the agricultural land to the north of Summer Lane has on the landscape setting of A la Ronde, Point-in-View and The Manse to see if any further mitigation is required.”

He also wrote that street lighting should be kept to a minimum, and further consideration should be given to planting and tree preservation orders.

As previously reported, the National Trust has objected to the plan, saying more work is needed for it to be convinced that A la Ronde, a house in nearby Summer Lane, will not be harmed by the sight and sound of passing traffic.

Lympstone Parish Council has also objected, with concerns about increased flooding, noise and visual intrusion for residents.

It also said it feared that surplus land could be targeted by developers.

Members of Exmouth Town Council’s planning committee said that, while in general they supported the scheme, they had concerns about traffic flow at the planned A376 roundabout, and access to Summer Lane.

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