Fly-tipping anger at development site in King’s Lynn

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Residents are up in arms again as fly-tipping continues on the site of a potential future housing development in Gaywood.

Rubbish is being dumped on the 12-acre site off Marsh Lane just weeks after people complained when contractors lit bonfires to clear a “huge” amount of debris from the area.

Residents also feel in the dark about the plans for the site, which is one of three earmarked for a total of 600 new homes over the next five years.

This week West Norfolk Council apologised for the continued fly-tipping, and said a formal planning application and public consultation will follow after a “commercially-sensitive” contractor tendering process ends in September.

Resident Nicholas Bensley, who lives in Tawny Sedge, said the site was a mess.

He told the Lynn News: “The council has cleared the land of all the lovely bushes and wildlife and now it looks like a landfill site. People are dumping more stuff and kids are playing with it. God knows what dangers there are on there.”

He also said there have been “rumours” about the potential housing development, but no-one knows what is happening.

“What are the plans? And will there be a public consultation?” he asked. “If that many new homes are built, I don’t think the infrastructure will cope with the amount of people and traffic.”

Alistair Beales, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said the authority was not able to police the site 24-hours-a-day, but said action would be taken to clear the fly-tipping.

He also said the council was in the process of selecting and appointing a main contractor for the development, and could not be more public about the plans until that process is complete in September.

He said: “The process is commercially sensitive. Once that is complete however, we can start the normal planning process, which will, of course, involve public consultations.

“We have had a number of meetings with residents already about the access road to Lynnsport which is key to the development.”