New King’s Lynn road could be open by next spring, says council

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Multi-million pound plans for a new road in Lynn could become a reality by the spring of next year, borough council leaders claimed yesterday.

And papers published ahead of West Norfolk Council’s meeting on Thursday have reported that officials are on course to submit a planning application for the proposed one kilometre route between Edward Benefer Way and Lynnsport by September.

Alastair Beales, the authority’s cabinet member for regeneration, admitted it was an ambitious timetable, but said it showed the council was determined to press ahead.

He said: “It proves to developers and contractors that we want to get on with this and there is a clear, commercial opportunity here.”

Earlier this year, council leaders approved a £360,000 budget to make the scheme ‘shovel ready’ for a planning application to be submitted.

But council officials have previously warned that proposals to develop land around the Lynnsport and Marsh Lane areas for housing would not be viable if developers also had to pay for the road, which it is estimated could cost up to £4.35 million to build.

However, Mr Beales said he was “very optimistic” that the money would be found to pay for the road.

He said: “The economic climate is moving towards us. Subject to the details, the proposal will go ahead.”

Mr Beales said the council is discussing the scheme with interested parties, including cycling groups, who have voiced concerns over the potential impact of the scheme on the area’s cycle path, which is part of the National Cycle Network.

But he believes the proposals will help to make the area safer for both riders and walkers.

“If you walk that site, the mixture of pedestrians and cyclists is pretty hairy.”

And he also claimed the scheme would encourage more people and clubs to use Lynnsport because the road would make it easier to travel to the sports centre.