King’s Lynn housing plan ‘boosts transport link case’

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Plans for a new Lynn business park can only strengthen the case for improved transport links to the town, council leaders say.

The claim came as a borough council committee urged officials to press for improved roads and a new railway station as part of work on the proposed Nar Ouse Business Park.

Council leaders say the site, which is the subject of a bid to join a new regional enterprise zone scheme, could generate 2,000 jobs and tens of millions of pounds in new business rates.

Deputy leader Alistair Beales told Wednesday’s meeting: “It’s an under-utilised site and the key for me is that this proposal gives us a likelihood of developing it and taking advantage of business rates that otherwise wouldn’t be there.”

But members were worried about whether assurances could be secured about improvements being made to the A47, A10 and A17 as part of the project.

And committee chairman Colin Sampson called for officers to signal an intention to develop a new Lynn south railway station close to the NORA site.

He said: “With the development in the south of the borough and beyond, having the station there to service around 5,000 jobs would take a lot of traffic off the road and it would save Lynn town centre.

“I think it would be worth putting a marker down to do it.”

Mr Beales said: “Ideally there will be improvements first but if there are more jobs the case gets stronger.

“That is the case the A47 Alliance is making and this only strengthens that.”