Bawsey plans backed by West Norfolk councillor

Bawsey lake, taken by Offgrid Solutions UK Ltd. ANL-150701-112338001

Bawsey lake, taken by Offgrid Solutions UK Ltd. ANL-150701-112338001

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Multi-million pound plans to transform a West Norfolk beauty spot have been backed by a senior councillor.

It was announced in January that an agreement had been reached to sell the Bawsey Pits site to St Giles Care Solutions, a firm owned by Wisbech-based businessman Kevin Salter.

Borough councillors were told that the sale is due to be completed shortly at their meeting on Thursday.

But, following a recent meeting on the issue, Alistair Beales, the authority’s cabinet member for regeneration, said he was encouraged by the company’s proposals.

He said: “We want to see what their plans are and see if their plans accord with what local people want and they do.”

Mr Beales, whose Gayton ward also covers the area, said the site had been “a difficult area” in the past.

But he added: “It’s a wonderful place, a beautiful area and what I’m hoping is it can become the asset it should be so that’s why I’m involved.”

Mr Salter has previously envisaged developing the site in three phases, with the initial scheme including car parking, cycle trails, toilets and a cafe.

It is hoped that a planning application will be submitted later this year.

Future plans also include wildlife viewing platforms and pods, a cycle repair centre, an adventure play area and a conservation visitor centre.