First phase of controversial King’s Lynn housing scheme backed by council officials

Exhibition of Marsh Lane housing plans in the Wembley Room, Lynnsport on Thursday. ANL-150406-115227009
Exhibition of Marsh Lane housing plans in the Wembley Room, Lynnsport on Thursday. ANL-150406-115227009
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Plans for the first phase of a major housing development in Gaywood and North Lynn are set to go before a West Norfolk Council committee next week.

Officials have recommended that the scheme to build 130 homes in the Marsh Lane area is approved, subject to the completion of legal agreements.

But a residents’ group has claimed the plans are “flawed” because of what it claims are omissions from a transport assessment.

A report into the proposals was published this morning, as part of agenda papers for the borough council’s planning committee meeting, where the plan will be examined, next Monday, December 7.

In it, officials said the application should be approved, unless legal agreements are not signed within three months of permission being granted.

They said: “The proposal would utilise and remediate a currently vacant allocated housing site with low ecological value and deliver a mix of quality homes and public open spaces.”

But, despite no objections from county highway officers, members of the Marsh Lane Home Watch and Good Neighbour Association have questioned transport assessments of the scheme.

They suggested the Bevis Way junction, serving New Street and Adelaide Avenue, had not been mentioned in the report, adding: “If I am correct this is a serious omission and leaves the report flawed, as it takes no account the hazards with restricted line of sight when driving out of this area into Marsh Lane.”

But officers said the scheme aimed to reduce car use.

The borough council first signalled its intention to build hundreds of homes on the Marsh Lane site and several pieces of land around the Lynnsport leisure centre two years ago.

However, a detailed planning application for Marsh Lane was only lodged in June, following the approval of plans from Edward Benefer Way to Lynnsport, which is intended to serve the new estates.

The project has also been dogged by sustained opposition led by the Lynnsport Area Residents’ Assoication (LARA).