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New cinema and supermarket in proposed King’s Lynn business park

Morston Point Development

Morston Point Development

Approximately 700 jobs could be created if multi-million pound plans to create a business and leisure park in Lynn get the green-light.

A multi-screen cinema, discount supermarket along with shops, restaurants and a DIY superstore are some of the proposals for the new Morston Point site.

Morston Assets is due to submit an outline planning application for the 26 hectare site, which lies off the A149 behind the Pinguin factory. The land lies either side of the new link road which leads to the Sainsbury’s store.

Planning and development manager Rob Snowling said: “It is good to bring something forward on this scheme which is based on some firm interest.

“The site is an important gateway into Lynn and we are very keen to see some quality development going here but more importantly, it is something which will create jobs in the town.

“We have talked to a number of occupiers who have all expressed firm interest in coming to Lynn, subject to us obtaining planning permission.”

The company received planning permission for a business park in 2012 but is due to be submitting a fresh outline planning application next month.

Plans for the site include a 1,765sqm discount supermarket, two drive-through restaurants, a family pub and a 2,323sqm multi-screen cinema.

Morston is also proposing two further restaurant units, a gym and 1,765sqm hotel and a 3,716sqm DIY superstore and garden centre.

A car showroom and roughly 15 to 20 business units are also included in the scheme.

The entire scheme is due to create 700 full-time jobs, which will be created as the different phases are built out.

A detailed planning application could be lodged with West Norfolk Council for the first two phases, which will cover the cinema and supermarket, in January next year.

The company hopes to start work in June 2015 with the first occupants moving into the site a year later.

A public consultation was held last night (Thursday).

West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney said: “We will study these plans with our usual interest. Clearly the council has a concern and interest in the vibrancy of Lynn as a town centre.”

Morston Assets is also one of the developers of the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area in South Lynn.

Its contractors, R G Carter, has built 18 homes of a 30 unit section. The firm will be submitting the application for the remaining 126 new homes shortly.

 

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