Letters: Colin Jex, January 22, 2016

Borough Mayor unveils the newly refurbished West Winch Village Sign, as part of the Jubilee events in the village.'Borough Mayor Geoffrey Wareham ENGANL00120120506123321

Borough Mayor unveils the newly refurbished West Winch Village Sign, as part of the Jubilee events in the village.'Borough Mayor Geoffrey Wareham ENGANL00120120506123321

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Re: Clenchwarton Housing Scheme Sunk by Flood Fears, January 12, and Walpole St Peter Homes Plan Approved.

It is not often that I am able to sympathise with a local authority’s planning department, but in the case of Lynn there is a very real problem with finding enough new building land. Most towns have 360 degrees of hinterland for new sites. However, using the Environment Agency flood map, and allowing for the likely effects of global warming on sea level, it is easy to see that Lynn is so constrained that it has less than 180 degrees of suitable hinterland. Where I start to lose sympathy with planners is when they try to prevent developments within the non-flood plain areas, such as along the A10. The high traffic flows on this road have been used to question planning applications such as that for 17 houses at The Winch. It is interesting to note that in a recent traffic survey undertaken by the developer’s consultants the average speed past the site is over 40mph, so more than half of the vehicles were over the speed limit! Instead of using the dangerous state of the road to hold up planning permission on one of the very limited areas available for building, the borough council should be campaigning for the police to enforce the speed limit and for much overdue traffic calming measures on the A10 through West Winch. If the council’s planning department is waiting for Hopkins Homes to build a bypass on to the A47 then they can look forward to losing a lot of planning appeals in the next ten to 15 years.

Colin Jex

Via Carnorth, Lancashire