King’s Lynn residents call for improvements to roads and healthcare

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Calls were made improve the road network and health care infrastructure during a public consultation on a major new housing development in Lynn.

West Norfolk Council hopes to build a total of 550 new homes in the Marsh Lane and Lynnsport area over the next five years.

Scores of people went along to Lynnsport yesterday to learn more about the first phases of the development.

Planning applications could be submitted at the end of January for 60 homes in Lynnsport and 130 in Marsh Lane. An earlier application has been submitted to build a road to serve the development.

But residents have raised concerns that Lynn’s services may not be able to cope with the new development.

Joy Franklin, who felt the public consultation had not been publicised enough, said: “I think people’s reactions would be more positive if there was an announcement to improve doctors, hospital and schools facilities to mitigate the impact of the new homes being proposed to be built across Lynn.

“I rang the doctors for a routine appointment and I cannot get one until January 8.”

Geoffrey Bonnick, of South Wootton, also echoed those calls.

He said: “We have to get the infrastructure to deal with it all.”

James Doig, of White Sedge, feels the town’s road network would be unable to cope. He said: “I am not against new homes but they need to be built on the outskirts where the residents can get to a major road.

“We haven’t got the infrastructure in Lynn. All the money goes to Norwich. In another five years time, we won’t be able to move as the traffic will be that bad.”

Michael Coote, who represents Marsh Lane residents, said the development “generally seems a good idea”.

But he added: “One of the problems is that it does not include enough bungalows for elderly people. There is a shortage and that might release a number of multi-bedroom homes in the town.”

He also highlighted problems with the roads. Mr Coote said: “People are not calling it the Gaywood Clock any more it is the Gaywood Block.”

Five sites are being planned for the Lynnsport development, which will include a mixture of privately owned and rented homes.

Architect Emily Barnston said comments taken from the public consultation will be taken into account. She said: “We are trying to create places where people want to be.”

Dale Gagen, a council project officer, said the development would bring improvements to facilities in the town.

The council is spending £4.3million on the new road along with £2.5 to £2.7 million on sports facilities. This will include extra hockey pitches, a 3G pitch and four tennis courts at Lynnsport. The miniature railway will also be moved.

The internal drainage board is spending £1 million on the drainage system, which will include a new pumping station.