Second set of housing plans to be revealed

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Details of the second phase of a controversial housing development in North Lynn and Gaywood will be unveiled next week.

Local people have been urged to have their say on proposals for the Lynnsport 3 site, during an exhibition at the sports centre on Monday, between 10am and 8pm.

But campaigners say the full impact of the project on the area is not being properly considered.

Around 400 new homes are currently proposed on five sites in the Lynnsport and Marsh Lane areas.

The scheme, if approved, would also provide around 240 extra parking spaces at Lynnsport plus new sporting facilities.

An exhibition of the Marsh Lane proposals was held earlier this month and Monday’s event has been scheduled ahead of the submission of a planning application for the land, which is likely to take place next month.

West Norfolk Council deputy leader Alistair Beales said yesterday: “Feedback can and will be taken into account when drawing up the final plans.

“Feedback from earlier consultation events has already been taken on board and I would urge people to come along and have their say.”

But Sue Bruce, secretary of the Lynnsport Area Residents’ Association (LARA), said the submission of separate applications for the housing sites failed to address public concerns about the effect of the project, particularly the proposed link road between Edward Benefer Way and Lynnsport, which has already been given planning permission.

She said: “Nobody really knows what the impact will be.

“We will continue to oppose it as we believe the public are.”

LARA has called a public meeting for next Saturday, June 27, in the scout hut in Beulah Street to discuss the ongoing campaign.

Meanwhile, a consultative group set up by the council after it voted to proceed with the housing scheme in February will meet on July 6 to discuss the Lynnsport 3 plans.

Monday’s exhibition also coincides with a volunteers’ event to continue work on a new 2.6 hectare nature area which is planned as part of the project.

The event is being led by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, who have already started to build steps in order to improve access.

And participants have been asked to meet at the River Lane car park at 10.30am.

But the authority has halted plans to drain the Lynnsport pond until at least September following consultations with an ecologist.

The work was initially postponed last Monday pending consultations with an expert.

And an update posted on the authority’s website last Friday said: “Breeding birds have been found at water level, which means no work can be carried out.”

But opponents have claimed the presence of breeding birds and fish in the area had been known for some time prior to the suspension.