King’s Lynn campaigners unveil alternative housing ideas

LARA committee unveiling there new proposed plans.''From left Stuart Hall ( LARA), Michael De Whalley ( Green Party ) Sue Bruce( LARA member) ANL-151103-154708009

LARA committee unveiling there new proposed plans.''From left Stuart Hall ( LARA), Michael De Whalley ( Green Party ) Sue Bruce( LARA member) ANL-151103-154708009

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Campaigners who are fighting plans for hundreds of new homes in North Lynn and Gaywood have revealed they are drawing up their own development proposals.

Officials from the Lynnsport Area Residents Association (LARA) insist they remain opposed to West Norfolk Council’s plans to develop several sites around the sports centre and nearby Marsh Lane.

But they say a more acceptable form of development could be taken forward if council leaders slow the pace of their current proposals.

LARA chairman Stuart Hall said: “We would rather the whole development would go away and never come back and we suspect the developers would like us to do the same.

“However, that is not going to happen so we would like to explore a more acceptable vision that allows everybody to gain.

“We are trying to offer a reasonable, considered alternative.”

Among the group’s ideas is a garden village, similar to the idea of the garden city, which aims to provide residents with open green spaces while still living close to town centre amenities.

They are also suggesting a 1.5 mile circular walking and cycling route which could link all of the new and existing communities around the area.

The association wants to hear residents’ thoughts on the potential establishment of a community neighbourhood forum, which would then enable them, if they wish, to develop their own neighbourhood plan.

A number of communities around West Norfolk, including South Wootton, Brancaster and North Runcton, are already developing similar proposals in their own areas.

However, in an unparished area like Lynn, a minimum of 21 people must sign up in order to take a neighbourhood plan forward.

The LARA committee is planning to set up a new Lynnsport Alive Plan Facebook page for supporters and other local people to have their say on the ideas.

But Mr Hall maintains that its proposals are only a starting point for discussion within the local community.

He said: “If the local community comes back and says they don’t like it, that’s a clear message to take forward.”

Meanwhile, the association is calling for local people to write to both North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham and the communities secretary Eric Pickles in a bid to secure a public inquiry into the proposed link road between Edward Benefer Way and Lynnsport, the key access to the proposed homes, if planning permission is granted.

Council officials have previously indicated that they are aiming to bring the scheme before the borough council’s planning committee later this month, though this has yet to be confirmed.

Committee member Michael de Whalley said a call-in would give the association and the community more time to development its neighbourhood plan proposals.