Protesters have vowed to keep on fighting after planners gave the green light to a link road for the Lynnsport development.
Members of West Norfolk planning committee granted permission for the new access road to link Edward Benefer Way with Lynnsport during a meeting yesterday.
But members of the Lynnsport Residents’ Association (LARA) say the decision was not unexpected and will continue the fight by urging people to sign a petition calling on Government minister Eric Pickles to call in the housing and road plans.
Speaking after the meeting, group chairman Stuart Hall said: “It was to be expected and it was always going to be like that.
“Throughout the stages of development, the council has ignored what people have said. They don’t want it.”
Around 30 people went along to hear the debate, which highlighted concerns about trees and drainage.
Concerned resident Joy Franklin told councillors that the report had been submitted prematurely as the Environment Agency and Lynn Internal Drainage Board had not approved designs for the removal of surface water created by the road.
She said: “I ask the committee recognise that surface water flooding can be as serious as tidal river flooding.”
Michael Payne spoke in favour of the plans highlighting the 20mph speed limit plans for sections of the road.
The corporate project officer Dale Gagen highlighted the benefits to the town including improved access to the North Lynn Industrial Estate and traffic network along with a nature reserve and improved sports facilities.
During the debate, committee members raised concerns about not having the final drainage system design.
Jim Moriarty had called for the decision to be deferred until this had been sorted but could not get a seconder.
Members were told that the final design could include underground collection tanks or look at the drainage board’s network. They were waiting for emerging Government guidance.
Officers also stated that the drainage board has its own controls via bylaws, which could prevent this scheme from progressing if engineers were unhappy with the drainage scheme.
John Loveless expressed concerns about an existing footpath along with trees which were planted when Lynnsport was first built.
Chris Crofts said: “I will be voting in favour as the benefits by far outweigh the negatives.
Speaking after the meeting council leader Nick Daubney said: “I am pleased it has got the go-ahead as it will improve access to Lynnsport tremendously.
“It will go a long way to easing traffic flow in and around Lynn and parts of Gaywood.
“I think it is going to be a good thing.
But Mr Hall called on people to support the petition to call on Government minister Eric Pickles to call in the plans.
He said: “The decision is disappointing. If people feel strongly about this they can get on board with our petition.”
He said the petition has more than 1,000 signatures.
The committee’s Sue Bruce added: “What concerns me is that this has gone from being an access road for the estate to a viable access to all roads. Columbia Way has sheltered accommodation and children crossing.”
The petition can be found at: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/public-inquiry-into-development-on-lynnsportpark