Work on a new road designed to serve the Lynnsport and Marsh Lane housing proposals is likely to start this autumn, it has been revealed.
The announcement was made during Thursday’s full council meeting, as senior figures again defended their handling of the contentious proposals.
Deputy leader Alistair Beales told the meeting that work on the new road, which will link the developments and leisure centre to Edward Benefer Way, is set to begin in September.
He also urged members to support plans to protect the River Lane sports fields by putting them forward for registration by Fields in Trust, a national charity which safeguards recreational spaces for community use.
The proposal, which was backed by cabinet members earlier this month, was approved during the meeting.
But recently elected ward councillor Thomas Smith sought assurances that there would still be green spaces available for residents to use both during and after any building work.
He said: “There’s been a lot of concern and criticism in Gaywood North Bank. We will need the green spaces throughout.”
In response, Mr Beales told the meeting: “Most of it will remain as it is now, open and accessible.
“There will still be a huge area of green space. It’s very important that remains and it will remain so.”
Mr Beales also sought to assure councillors that the results of public consultation events which the council has held on the scheme were being published publicly.
The most recent session was held at Lynnsport last Monday and further sessions are expected in the autumn.
Mr Beales said the only details of the scheme that were not public were commercially sensitive details.