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The way housing developments across West Norfolk are allocated over the next decade should be reviewed, according to North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham.

A development framework drawn up by West Norfolk Council officials has concluded that a total of 6,500 new homes will be needed across the borough between now and 2026.

LtoR, Mark Leslie (Editor) with Henry Bellingham MP, Allister Webb (News Editor),  Elizabeth Truss MP at the Lynn News office in King's Lynn ANL-150516-095503009

LtoR, Mark Leslie (Editor) with Henry Bellingham MP, Allister Webb (News Editor), Elizabeth Truss MP at the Lynn News office in King's Lynn ANL-150516-095503009

Of those, around two-thirds are envisaged for Lynn and its immediate surrounding areas, including West Winch, North Runcton and the Woottons.

But, speaking as he set out his priorities following his re-election earlier this month, Mr Bellingham said ways should be found to ease the pressure on the town.

He said smaller developments could be manageable, but maintained they should be more in accordance with the wishes of local people.

He added: “One of the lessons of my campaign is that there is a lot of opposition around the Woottons, West Winch and North Runcton, who want to keep their villages as villages.

“I’m not going to fall out with the borough council over the numbers, but when we go to public inquiry later this year, I’m going to be making it very clear to the inspector that the site allocations need some adjustment.”

Mr Bellingham believes there are many villages across the borough who would welcome a few more homes in order to help sustain local services.

He said: “We’re not talking about large numbers here. We’re talking about five, six, maybe 10, spread round a lot of different villages.”

He also suggested Hunstanton as a potential solution.

And he feels there also needs to be more dialogue between the West Norfolk and Fenland district councils about how and where additional housing can be accommodated around the Wisbech area.

West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney said yesterday that the framework had been developed on a cross-party basis and residents could still make representations to the inspector ahead of the inquiry.

He added: “Everything that has to be built will be subject to planning permission but without an inspector-approved framework, everything is up for grabs.”