Exmouth's Dinan Way link set to become reality

PUBLISHED: 09:51 17 November 2014 | UPDATED: 09:51 17 November 2014

View of the land near Courtland's Cross from Summer Lane

View of the land near Courtland's Cross from Summer Lane

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A quarter of a century after a Dinan Way extension - linking Hulham Road with the main A376 - was first mooted, the project could soon become a reality.

The new, half-mile-long road is likely to include a major new roundabout, around 100 metres from the Courtland Cross Service Station.

County bosses have confirmed that a public consultation is scheduled next year, with final plans submitted within 18 months.

And a new cycle route, linking Brixington and the National Trust properties A la Ronde and Lower Halsdon Farm with the Exe Estuary Trail, is also on the cards.

County councillor Bernard Hughes revealed to town councillors on Monday evening that he had seen plans for the £8,352,000 road scheme.

Last week, the Journal revealed a bid by developers to build 150 new homes on a green wedge next to Higher Marley Road.

Eagle Investments also wants to build a 350-home housing estate and new 210-pupil primary school at Goodmores Farm next door.

But, this week, town councillors insisted that the Dinan Way link must be completed before a single brick was laid.

Cllr Hughes said: “I have been shown plans by a senior planning officer, and the projected line for the Dinan Way link between Hulham Road and the A376. It is planned to come almost parallel to Summer Lane, and come to a roundabout on the A376, between Courtlands Lane and the entrance to Pitt Farm.

“It is my understanding that a planning application will soon be submitted.”

He said that the long-planned cycle route from Brixington to the Exe Estuary Trail, via National Trust properties A la Ronde and Lower Halsdon Farm, was part of the scheme. “Whether or not Summer Lane will be a cul-de-sac, we don’t know.

“The intention is for a cycle route to come via A la Ronde, down on to Littlemead Lane, down to the new development on the Exeter Road, across the road and down to Lower Halsdon Farm.

“I have no objections to that cycle way, provided there is a safe crossing point on the A376.”

A county spokesman said: “Design work is still ongoing. A public consultation is scheduled for summer 2015, and it is hoped that plans could be submitted by early 2016.”

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