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Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment - Dave Black

Summary of Matter or Issue Requiring Decision:

Approval to proceed with construction of the A381 shared cycle/footway between Kingsbridge Hill and the Old Toll House.

Decision Taken:

The Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment, in discussion with the HATOC Chair (Councillor Roger Croad) has approved the decision to continue with the scheme as tabled at the South Hams HATOC meeting on 28/11/2014 and as illustrated on Drawing No. B13004/7.

Summary of Reason(s) for Decision Taken:

The background and project justification is set out in the Report presented to the South Hams HATOC on 28 November 2014 by the Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment.

The scheme was discussed at the meeting with a resolution made

(a) that initially, and as an alternative to implementing the proposed improvement scheme, the Head of Planning, Transportation Environment be asked to approach the owner of the Old Toll House, Kingsbridge Hill, Totnes about permanently removing the obstructions in front of the property to secure adequate width of passage for pedestrians and cyclists, and if necessary negotiate the acquisition of the land involved or resort to the use of compulsory/enforcement powers, depending on its ownership;

(b) that should there be no successful outcome to the preferred actions under (a) above by 1 January 2015, the Head of Planning, Transportation Environment, in consultation with the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and local County Councillor, be authorised to approve the construction of the full scheme as shown on drawing no. B13004/7 Revision A1, subject to any necessary minor amendments, at a cost of 75,000.

The land outside of the Old Toll House has been discussed with the owners but no decision was reached by 1st January 2015. The scheme originally tabled at the HATOC meeting has since been discussed with the owners who raised no objections.

The scheme has subsequently been discussed with the Local Member, Councillor Robert Vint, who is fully supportive of the original scheme design to proceed to construction. The scheme is a top priority for the community group Totnes on the Move, which was set up through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund to advise on local transport projects for the town.

In discussion with the HATOC chair, Councillor Roger Croad, the decision was made to continue with the scheme.


Summary of Alternatives or Options considered and rejected:

Alternatives are set out in the HATOC report.Following the resolution at HATOC, the option to negotiate use and ownership of the footway immediately outside the Old Toll House was undertaken. This was not adequately resolved by 1st January 2015.

Details of any conflict of interest and dispensation granted to the Officer taking the decision or by any Member of the Council in delegating responsibility for any specific express delegation:


Contact for enquiries/further information:
Dave Black, Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment. Emma Dalton, Project Manager
Decision Date:
2 February 2015

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