'Process' concerns behind protest against Dinan Way plan

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 February 2017

Proposal for the new Dinan Way link.

Proposal for the new Dinan Way link.

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The National Trust says it has asked the Government to examine the planned extension of Dinan Way due to concerns about how it was considered by Devon County Council.

As previously reported, a decision to approve the proposed road, between Hulham Road and the A376, was blocked by a holding notice from the Department for Communities and Local Government, while it decides whether to ‘call in’ the application.

Confirming the National Trust was responsible, a spokesperson said: “Whilst the National Trust has not objected to the principle of the road, the charity is concerned that the planning process designed to protect our historic environment has not been followed thoroughly and that conservation issues raised during the consultation period have not been addressed.

“The National Trust’s concerns centre around the impact of the proposed route on A la Ronde, a Grade I listed building, but also on how the road might harm the wider A la Ronde setting in the longer term. Historic England corroborates the view that the application has the ‘potential for very long-term harmful consequences to a heritage asset of the highest significance’. The National Trust feels that Devon County Council needs to do more to avoid harm to this nationally significant heritage site.”

These concerns were previously raised at the council meeting which considered the plan last month.

In response, heritage consultant Timothy Malim told that meeting: “It is clear that there would not be any direct physical harm to A la Ronde from the proposed road.”

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