Residents in Downham have been having their say on proposals which could see hundreds of new homes built across the town over the next 13 years.
Dozens of people attended a drop-in session held at the town hall on Tuesday for people to find out more about West Norfolk Council’s proposals for house building in the period up to 2026.
As previously reported, provision for around 6,000 new homes across the borough needs to be found. A total of 400 properties is envisaged for Downham, to be split across three sites.
Two of the proposed housing development areas would be to the north-east of the town and one to the south-east, with road links to Wimbotsham Road, Lynn Road and the main A1122 respectively.
Officials say that the development could all be concentrated on one site, but splitting it across the three would provide more choice to would-be residents.
A council spokesman said: “The event was very well attended and there was a lot of interest in the plans.
“We estimate around 100 people came along to talk to us, discussing a wide range of things including infrastructure, such as schools and sewers, social implications in respect of employment and leisure and concerns over the town becoming a dormitory town.
“Other items raised included parking and shopping. There was a general understanding of what we have done and lots of discussions about the merits and demerits of the plans.
“We were pleased with the level of interest and all the feedback we’ve had is really useful.
“It was also helpful for us to be able explain the phased nature of the plans and reassure people that development would not take place overnight.”
Public consultations on the proposals continue until October 4. Comments can be emailed to email@example.com or by writing to the borough council at its offices in Chapel Street, Lynn.