£4m King’s Lynn Innovation Centre approved by council planning committee

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Plans for a new £4 million business centre on the outskirts of Lynn, which aims to help new firms set up, have been approved by borough councillors.

The proposed King’s Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC), off Nar Ouse Way, was unanimously supported by members of the West Norfolk Council planning committee during a meeting in Lynn yesterday.

Kevin Horne, chief executive of Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Services (NWES), which submitted the application, said the centre, which had been 10 years in development, would be a new landmark on the entrance to the town, in the way the old Campbell’s Tower had been.

He told the committee: “It sets the standard for the rest of the NORA site.”

The meeting was told the company already runs 23 similar centres across East Anglia, which provide intensive support to new businesses which operate from them.

And Mr Horne said a similar scheme in Yarmouth had already helped three firms, which have gone on to generate multi-million pound turnovers and create thousands of jobs, to establish themselves and grow.

He added: “We want to do something similar for King’s Lynn.”

It is estimated that around 120 people will work at offices at the KLIC when it is fully occupied.

And committee member Elizabeth Watson said she was “thrilled” that the application was progressing.

She said: “It’s a building that really looks to the future, which is what we ought to do. It’s a really good scheme.”

Snettisham councillor Avril Wright said it was an “iconic” design, but Docking’s Andrew Morrison voiced concerns over some of the designed windows, which he suggested appeared “somebody had simply doodled”.

The centre, which was first made public in October, is being funded by a £2.5 million loan from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnerships, Growing Places Fund, and £1 million from the borough council.