Housing plans ‘must consider road impact’, King’s Lynn councillor warns

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Planned housing developments in Lynn must take the impact on one of the town’s busiest roads into account, a borough councillor has warned.

The comment was made as plans to build 98 homes on land near the St Nicholas Retail Park were considered at a planning meeting on Thursday.

Members of a sub-group to West Norfolk Council’s Lynn area consultative committee supported the proposal, which has been submitted by the Conygar Investment Company.

But they did voice concerns about the potential effect of that development, and others in the area, on the A1078 Edward Benefer Way, one of the main routes into the town centre.

Around 500 new homes are also planned for sites around the Marsh Lane and Lynnsport areas, which officials envisage will be accessed via a new road linking the leisure centre with Edward Benefer Way.

And group member Charles Joyce questioned whether officials knew if the road could take the extra traffic that the developments would generate if they get the go-ahead.

He said: “At some stage there needs to be an examination of the cumulative impact. There is a limit to what any road can take, whether it’s the M25 or Edward Benefer Way.”

Mr Joyce also voiced concerns about the possibility of extra pollution in the area, but conceded traffic was not “a solid enough reason” to object to the scheme.