First plans for King’s Lynn housing scheme are revealed

Exhibition of Marsh Lane housing plans in the Wembley Room, Lynnsport on Thursday. Resident Terry Stirling with Justin Coote (Development Manager Lovell Partnerships). ANL-150406-115313009
Exhibition of Marsh Lane housing plans in the Wembley Room, Lynnsport on Thursday. Resident Terry Stirling with Justin Coote (Development Manager Lovell Partnerships). ANL-150406-115313009
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The first detailed plans for a controversial housing project in North Lynn and Gaywood have gone on public display and more are set to follow within weeks.

An exhibition of the proposals for the initial phase of the development around the Marsh Lane and Lynnsport areas was held at the Greenpark Avenue sports centre on Thursday.

And West Norfolk Council officials are planning to hold a similar event for another part of the project later this month.

The exhibition detailed the authority’s proposals for the Marsh Lane part of the development, where 130 new homes are envisaged.

It was announced last week that a planning application had been submitted for the area.

And project officer Dale Gagen said that, while the attendance was substantially lower than at previous exhibitions, the response of visitors to the plans had been largely positive.

He said: “I think a lot of people have come back to see if we’ve kept our word and whether it’s low density.”

He conceded that some residents still have concerns about the proposed link road from Edward Benefer Way to Lynnsport, which will access all of the proposed housing sites.

But he added: “We’ve had comments like ‘Why don’t you just get on and build it?’

“What people have always said is that Marsh Lane wasn’t the problem site.”

The site is one of five where homes are proposed as part of the project.

And an exhibition of the plans for one of the other sites, known as Lynnsport 3, is expected to be held on June 22.

However, Mr Gagen said that event would take place before a planning application is submitted.

The Marsh Lane application is currently being assessed by officials before a consultation period begins.

Campaigners against the scheme say the prospect of the Marsh Lane site being developed has been widely accepted for some time.

But Sue Bruce, secretary of the Lynnsport Area Residents’ Association (LARA), said concerns still remained about whether the road would become a rat-run for drivers avoiding congestion on the main routes into town.

She added: “It’s the building on the green sites that we don’t agree with.”

She also claimed that the scale of what is proposed was still not fully clear to all residents living around the development area.

Mrs Bruce campaigned on behalf of LARA chairman Stuart Hall and resident Joy Franklin during the recent council elections, where they unsuccessfully stood as independent candidates in the Gaywood North Bank ward.

And she said: “We know there are a lot of people who still aren’t really aware of what’s happening.”

The group is also planning a public meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a neighbourhood forum around the area.

Politicians and officials will be invited to the meeting, which is expected to take place on June 27.