Support for new link to Exe Estuary Trail

PUBLISHED: 06:30 01 October 2015


Plans for a new link between the north of Exmouth and the Exe Estuary Trail have been recommended for approval by district planners.

The National Trust has applied for planning permission to build a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians across land it owns between the trail and the A376, meeting the road near the junction with Rivermead Avenue.

The scheme was previously opposed by Lympstone Parish Council, and district councillors Ben Ingham and Rob Longhurst, on the grounds that it could lead to more cyclists travelling through the roads in the village, which residents say is already dangerous.

However, a report by East Devon District Council’s planning department to its development management committee states: “The proposed link would facilitate off-road pedestrian and cycle links between the northern part of Exmouth and the Exe Estuary Trail and is considered to make a positive contribution to the permeability of the town.

“Whilst concerns have been raised in respect of the potential increase in the numbers of people using the roads through Lympstone and Exton, it is not considered that this would be a reason to withhold permission for a sustainable form of development.”

Exmouth Town Council previously gave its support to the proposal.

Development management committee members will make the final decision at their meeting at Knowle in Sidmouth on Tuesday, October 6.

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