Campaign against King’s Lynn housing plans will continue, resident warns

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Opponents of the Marsh Lane and Lynnsport developments say the fight against them will continue, despite the revised proposals published this week.

A public meeting will be held in the scout hut on Beulah Street tomorrow with a view to forming a residents’ association that will unite the fight against the proposals.

Campaigner Sue Bruce said she welcomed West Norfolk Council’s decisions not to proceed with building on the River Lane playing fields or the plan to install bollards on Marsh Lane.

She said: “We are relieved at that, but it doesn’t stop there. We are continuing the campaign.”

She added: “They should never have planned to build on playing fields. They’re a treasure. They’re putting right what they shouldn’t have done in the first place.

“They’re not thinking about the people who live here.

“The council are custodians of this land. They should be looking after it for the people who live here.”

Ms Bruce believes the land should now be removed completely from future housing development provisions.

And she said there was still “overwhelming” support among local people for continuing to fight the project as a whole.

She said concerns still remained about two of the proposed housing areas, which objectors fear will have a detrimental impact on existing residents of both Marsh Lane and North Lynn, and the link road itself.

Critics have argued that the road could end up being used as a rat run, while opposition councillors have also expressed concerns about the total impact of the development on the existing transport network.

But Ms Bruce said she accepted concerns about the impact on residents would not stop the development on its own, adding: “We need hard facts and figures and there’s a lot of information coming out to support development being stopped.”

Tomorrow’s meeting, which will start at 12.30pm, aims to form a committee that will lead the campaign against the proposals.

Ms Bruce said election candidates Toby Coke, Michael de Whalley and Jo Rust were all expected to attend at least part of the meeting.

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham, who met residents earlier this month, has also been invited.