Estuary trail nominated for top planning award

PUBLISHED: 09:06 09 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:06 09 April 2015

The Eexe Estuary Trail is up for a planning award

The Eexe Estuary Trail is up for a planning award

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A picturesque cycle and foot path, which runs from Exmouth to Exeter, has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award.

The trail is a finalist in the ‘Excellence in Planning to Deliver Infrastructure’ category of the national Royal Town Planning Institution (RTPI) Awards 2015.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in July.

The £17million Exe Estuary Trail is a cycle and walking route that extends along 16 miles, set against the backdrop of the Exe Estuary, on Devon’s south coast.

In the most part, the route runs parallel to the estuaryside railway lines, allowing public access to the environment and wildlife and is designed for both leisure and commuter use.

Cabinet member for highway management Councillor Stuart Hughes said: “As well as being a fantastic tourist asset, the route also connects over 80,000 Devon residents with the city of Exeter.

“For many, this means commuting by bike is a real and attractive opportunity with data showing that around 30 per cent of trips are made during commuter periods.

“There are also multiple businesses on the estuary that have benefited from the trail and a number that have specifically been set up because of it.

“Existing pubs, shops and cafés alongside the route have all benefited from the extra footfall.”

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence highlight examples of planning and recognise the contribution that planners make to society.

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