Relief as council says yes to £12m road

PUBLISHED: 06:30 18 January 2016

Devon County Council's proposed route for the Dinan Way extension.

Devon County Council's proposed route for the Dinan Way extension.

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The long-awaited completion of Dinan Way is finally set to go ahead, after preliminary designs were yesterday approved by county chiefs.

The new section of road, between Hulham Road and the A376, would divert Exeter-bound traffic from the north of Exmouth away from ‘rat runs’ such as Featherbed Lane, and prevent lorries heading for Littleham and Liverton Business Park having to pass the gates of Exmouth Community College.

It would also help deal with increased traffic from a planned housing development at Goodmores Farm, near the junction of the existing Dinan Way with Hulham Road.

Devon County Council’s cabinet yesterday agreed to go ahead with a planning application, and also to proceed with buying the necessary land should this be successful.

The linking of Dinan Way to the A376 has been an aspiration of highways bosses for more than 20 years.

Councillor Bernard Hughes, who represents Exmouth Halsdon and Woodbury ward, said: “It’s a scheme which will, at the end of the day, be of huge benefit to the area.

“Since I was elected in 1989, I have seen continuous problems with the Littlemead estate and Woodbury being used as a rat run by drivers.

“This new road will provide immense relief to the residents of Woodbury, Halsdon and the residents of Exmouth as a whole.”

The cabinet’s decision follows a consultation last summer, which offered two possible routes – a ‘valley’ route, which would join the A376 near Pitt Farm, and a ‘south’ route, which would be close to Summer Lane.

However, responses to the consultation were split, with residents preferring the south route, but Historic England, National Trust and East Devon District Council preferring the north route, due to concerns about the effect on the listed A la Ronde, in Summer Lane. Therefore, the county has come up with a compromise third route option (above) with elements of both proposed options - and this is what was approved.

The proposal would also see Summer Lane closed to through traffic, opening it up to cyclists and pedestrians, although vehicles would still be able to access A la Ronde.

The Dinan Way extension itself would be approximately 830 metres long, with a roundabout at each end, and a shared-use pedestrian and cycle path running along one side.

The project is expected to cost between £8million and £12million.


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