Council scales down controversial King’s Lynn housing plan proposals

Press briefing at Lynnsport on the revised housing and access proposals for the Lynnsport area. Alistair Beales (Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Commercial Services) explains the plans. Dale Gagen (left) (Corporate Project Officer). ANL-150128-154033009
Press briefing at Lynnsport on the revised housing and access proposals for the Lynnsport area. Alistair Beales (Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Commercial Services) explains the plans. Dale Gagen (left) (Corporate Project Officer). ANL-150128-154033009
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Controversial plans to build hundreds of new homes in North Lynn and Gaywood have been scaled down following opposition from local residents.

West Norfolk Council chiefs this week unveiled revised proposals for the multi-million pound development around the Marsh Lane and Gaywood areas, which will go before the authority’s ruling cabinet next Tuesday.

The main change is that the site known as Lynnsport 2, which includes the River Lane playing field, will now not be developed, meaning around 150 fewer homes are proposed overall.

And officials have also confirmed that a proposal to install bollards on Marsh Lane, which would have prevented motorists from driving towards the Wootton Road junction, will now be scrapped.

Both issues have been the subject of major public opposition in recent weeks, with more than 2,000 people signing petitions against the plans.

The changes now mean around 450 new homes are proposed on four development sites, which are all connected to a proposed link road from Edward Benefer Way to Lynnsport, that is the subject of a separate application.

It is thought a decision on the road could be taken as early as March.

And Alistair Beales, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, insisted the authority had listened, and would continue to listen, to public opinion.

He said: “We’re doing this as sympathetically as possible. I’m very pleased with where we are now.”

The new proposals will now be debated at the cabinet meeting on Tuesday and, if approved, will then go before the full council at the end of February.

If approved, the council hopes to submit a planning application for development of the first housing site, off Marsh Lane, by the end of March and could start work there this autumn.

The council is proposing to spend around £5.3 million pounds on the road, for which a planning application has already been submitted, and other infrastructure.

The project also includes a range of new sporting facilities, including new hockey pitches which are expected to be in place for the start of next season, and tennis courts plus proposals for a new nature and wildlife trail, which the authority says will enhance the green space available.

Mr Beales said: “If we’re going to do this well, we have to build the infrastructure in.

“We hope the development will pay for it and leave some further capital sums in the future.”