King’s Lynn housing plans backed

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Plans for nearly 200 new homes on the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA) site in South Lynn were approved yesterday, despite criticism over designs and parking arrangements.

The separate applications, which were brought before the West Norfolk Council planning committee, cover phases two and three of the estate, allowing for 59 and 126 dwellings respectively.

But Conservative Avril Wright said she was “disappointed” with the design of the smaller development, for which the borough council itself is the applicant.

She added: “It’s something you would have seen in eastern Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

But there was wider concern about traffic arrangements on the larger application, submitted by Morston Assets.

Committee member John Loveless said the plan that a walkway and cycle path running alongside the River Nar should be shared with cars for part of its length was “totally unsatisfactory.”

And Martin Storey said he could not see how 200 parking spaces for 126 homes would be enough.

He said the development was appeared to have been well-designed, but echoed the concerns about the amount of available parking.

He said: “If the board feels there isn’t enough space, let’s say so and take the consequences on.”

But committee chairman Vivienne Spikings warned that a previous planning permission, which would have allowed even fewer parking spaces, could be activated if the latest plan was refused.

The plans also include four communal garden areas, which will be maintained by a management company to be funded by the residents. It is hoped that residents would take over the company’s management in the future.

Rob Snowling, speaking for the applicants, said the spaces would help to create an active community and encourage residents to interact with each other.