£11.2 million completion of Dinan Way extension approved by county council

Owl recalls headlines in 2013 screaming: A new £8.4million Dinan Way extension linking Hulham Road with the Saddlers Arms could be back on the cards 23 years after it was first mooted. (for interest article copied at the end)

So is this the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end?

If it relies on community infrastructure levy (CIL) could take a long time yet. 

A program of infrastructure improvements – including the £11.2 million completion of the Dinan Way extension – have been backed by county council chiefs.

Daniel Wilkins and Daniel Clark www.exmouthjournal.co.uk 

Devon County Council’s cabinet, when they met virtually on Wednesday (April 8), approved the updated transport infrastructure plan.

One of the projects included was the long-awaited extension of Dinan Way to link up with the A376 to ‘improve vehicular and bus access and connectivity for residential and commercial areas’.

No timeline has been set for the project.

The money will come from the Community Infrastructure Levy – money obtained from developers – the pinch point fund and the Local Transport Plan.

Approving the infrastructure plan means the council can make progress with a range of transport improvement schemes once the coronavirus crisis has ended.

Cllr Andrea Davis, cabinet member for infrastructure, said: “It is important we look to the future and develop programs that can be progressed when we return to normality, to help the economy of Devon recover.”

Once complete, Dinan Way will be extended from the junction with Hulham Road across to a new roundabout on the A376.

The project aims ease the pressure of ‘rat-runs’ in residential areas of Exmouth used by many commercial vehicles.

Also included in the transport infrastructure plan is £1million improvements to the Clyst St Mary roundabout which connects the A376 and the A3052.

The plan also includes improved walking and cycling links between Exmouth bus station and the town centre as well as a revised entrance to the station.

Several platforms along the Avocet train line – which runs from Exmouth to Exeter – will be extended in the transport infrastructure plan.

Cllr Alan Connett, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: “With the current national emergency, none of us know how much of the program will be put in place.”

Cllr Rob Hannaford, leader of the Labour group, added: “This is a welcome report, although we don’t know when it will be delivered.

“It does go to every corner of the county which is great, but many of the projects have been around for some time and the big issue is delivery.”

And from the archive:

Possible £8.4m plan to extend Dinan Way

Dave Beasley www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

A new £8.4million Dinan Way extension linking Hulham Road with the Saddlers Arms could be back on the cards 23 years after it was first mooted.

It follows Strand-based developer Eagle Investments revealing their plans for a 350-home housing estate and new 210-pupil primary school at the top of Dinan Way and Hulham Road this week.

They are holding a public exhibition next week to show what it could look like and they want residents to have their say before they file for outline planning permission.

Goodmores Farm, also called Upper Lovering, is in East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) 13-year blueprint for more homes in Exmouth, called the Local Plan.

Exmouth has been earmarked for 700 homes, split between Clinton Devon Estates Plumb Park project and Goodmores Farm.

The plan says that the new homes would need a new school and a new road.

A huge wedge of land between Hulham Road and the A376 has already been earmarked for the extension and labelled the ‘Dinan Way Safeguarding area’.

County chiefs have put the price tag of a new road at £8,352,000 which would be paid for by developers through schemes like the Community Infrastructure Levy.

John Fowler of Eagle Investments said: “We would expect to have to contribute to a CIL towards a Dinan Way extension. We are talking a lot of money.

“We would hope to file for outline planning permission (for Goodmores Farm) in the near future.”

District council bosses says that planning approval for Goodmores Farm was not dependent on a new road being completed.

A spokesman said: “It would be a longer term need as things stand at the moment.

“But that could change after we have received the findings of the Inspector currently examining our Draft Local Plan.”

A spokesperson for Eagle Investments said: “We want to hear from the community before we submit a planning application.

“Our project team will be at the exhibition to answer any questions.

“This will decide the guiding principles of future development on the site. Within our outline application we are proposing 0.5 hectares of land for community or commercial uses.

“What will be located on this land has not yet been decided and will respond to the needs of the local community.”

 

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