Environment Agency lodges flood risk objection to King’s Lynn housing plan

Exhibition of Marsh Lane housing plans in the Wembley Room, Lynnsport on Thursday. Resident Terry Stirling with Justin Coote (Development Manager Lovell Partnerships).
Exhibition of Marsh Lane housing plans in the Wembley Room, Lynnsport on Thursday. Resident Terry Stirling with Justin Coote (Development Manager Lovell Partnerships).
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Plans to build 130 new homes in Gaywood have suffered a setback after the Environment Agency objected to one of the sites.

West Norfolk Council officials say they are “disappointed” with the agency’s stance over the Marsh Lane site.

But campaigners against the wider proposals for the Marsh Lane and Lynnsport areas say they have been raising concerns on those issues for several months.

In a letter sent to the authority this week, Emily Crook, of the Environment Agency, said the council’s flood risk assessment of the Marsh Lane site did not meet planning guidelines.

She said: “We have reviewed the information provided and wish to raise an objection on flood risk grounds and to make advisory comments with respect to the surface water drainage proposals. We also have concerns with respect to biodiversity.”

She said the application should be rejected if the agency’s concerns are not addressed.

Yesterday, a West Norfolk Council spokesman said the authority was “disappointed” by the letter, which it said had failed to acknowledge the impact that its proposed new pumping station in the area would have to reduce flood risk.

She said: “Our planning consultants will however review and revise the flood risk assessment in line with new data, which should satisfy the Environment Agency’s concerns.”

But Lynnsport Area Residents’ Association (LARA) secretary Sue Bruce welcomed the development, adding: “There are a lot of objections. We have been asking about ecologists’ reports for months.”