Display outlines plan for 650 new homes on edge of King’s Lynn

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Developers have outlined their plans to build hundreds of new homes in the Knights Hill area on the edge of Lynn.

At least 300 people attended an exhibition of the proposals at the Knights Hill Hotel at North Wootton last night.

Camland Developments Ltd are proposing to build up to 650 new homes on land between Grimston Road and Queen Elizabeth Way.

On its own, the site accounts for around 10 per cent of the homes envisaged in West Norfolk Council’s development framework blueprint for the next decade.

And project manager Mike Lee said the company had been developing its proposals for the past four years.

He said: “We have done a huge amount of work in the background. We’re really pleased that so many people have come, feel engaged and want to give us their comments.”

Display boards at the exhibition outlined the company’s plans for community facilities and a shop as part of the development, as well as a green network of paths and cycle routes.

But Mr Lee said drainage and transport were the most common concerns raised by visitors.

The main access to the site is currently proposed to be from a new roundabout on Grimston Road, although many residents say the route already struggles to cope with current traffic levels.

Although the development site backs onto the A149 Queen Elizabeth Way, there is currently no plan for an access from that route.

However, resident Paul Bland said a far more radical solution was needed, particularly with other housing developments planned for the area.

He said: “We need another bridge over the river, joining with the A10 and A47 so we don’t come to a standstill.

“It would be a huge amount of money, yes, but that would resolve your problems almost at a stroke.

“People would be able to get in and out of King’s Lynn a stroke.”

The company says it will look at all the feedback forms completed by residents during the event and hopes to submit a planning application in the spring.

If permission is granted, they hope to begin infrastructure work next summer before starting to build the first homes in late 2017 or early 2018.