National Trust opposes plan for Exmouth's Dinan Way

PUBLISHED: 06:30 17 November 2016

Proposal for the new Dinan Way link.

Proposal for the new Dinan Way link.

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The National Trust has said it 'objects strongly' to the planned completion of Dinan Way, due to the possible impact on its grade one listed A la Ronde.

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.

The trust says that 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.

A response to the application by the trust states: “Levels of harm associated with the principal view from the Shell Gallery and Gantry of A la Ronde, the view which reveals most about the significance of A la Ronde, have yet to be determined

“Also, the likely visual effects on views from Summer Lane, the historic approach to this important grouping of heritage assets and sole pedestrian link, have not been adequately assessed and the potential levels of harm to these views in terms of visitor experience are a concern.

“The National Trust, therefore, objects strongly to the planning application in its current form.”

Devon County Council says the new road would remove inappropriate heavy traffic from residential roads, allowing direct access for lorries to Liverton Business Park and Salterton Road supermarkets.

The plan was also discussed this week by Exmouth Town Council’s planning committee.

As the new road would be in Lympstone parish, the committee did not formally support or object to the plan, but concerns were raised on issues, including traffic flow at the planned A376 roundabout, residents’ fears that Summer Lane – though set to close to through traffic – could still be a rat run, and the need to upgrade traffic islands on the existing section of Dinan Way to pedestrian crossings.

Committee chairman Lynne Elson said that while she thought most councillors supported the new road in principle, she hoped the county council would take these concerns on board.

Lympstone Parish Council will be holding a public meeting to discuss the plan at the village hall next Thursday, November 24, at 7pm.

East Devon District Council will also be consulted.

Devon County Council planners will decide on permission.

If permission is granted, work is not expected to begin until 2020.

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