Campaigners demand deferral of King’s Lynn link road plan

The view from Spenser Road, looking towards the town and Lynnsport, showing the open ditch and grass area of the proposed new highway. ANL-140809-133510009
The view from Spenser Road, looking towards the town and Lynnsport, showing the open ditch and grass area of the proposed new highway. ANL-140809-133510009
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Sue Bruce

A special meeting of the West Norfolk Council planning committee will take place this Friday to re-examine the scheme for the new route between Edward Benefer Way and Lynnsport.

The meeting was called after it emerged the authority had breached its own rules when the scheme was first considered, and approved, last Monday.

But Sue Bruce, a member of the Lynnsport Area Residents’ Association (LARA) committee, insists that key public concerns have still not been addressed.

She said: “This application is being rushed through and should be deferred until the public can be assured of a fair and unbiased decision with all relevant facts and information made public.”

The new meeting is taking place in order to give objectors the time they should have to make their case against the scheme.

Before the initial meeting, opponents were told only one speaker could address the committee for a maximum of three minutes.

However, because the application is classed as a major infrastructure project, two speakers should have been granted up to five minutes each.

Planning officials have admitted that objectors may have been disadvantaged by the error.

But they maintain that the committee’s original decision to approve the road should be confirmed on Friday.

Their original report said: “The proposed development is an important piece of infrastructure that has the potential to enable the development of four residential development sites

“The scheme will also improve access to the Lynnsport facility.

“Although the new Access Road is not designated within the Local Transport Plan (LTP), the proposed scheme will achieve a number of its strategic goals including; managing the highway network to decrease journey time and increase reliability; promoting sustainable growth and reducing traffic emissions through tackling traffic problems such as congestion.”

But Mrs Bruce says the stated purpose of the road has now changed from when it was first proposed.

And she says that means previous public consultations held on the proposals are flawed.

She said: “Clearly the road is an important part of the development and all details and plans should open and available so that the public can clearly see what is being proposed and can make their own minds up.

“This is their town. After all, the majority of the councillors don’t even live in King’s Lynn.

“It is us and future generations who will pay the price if this is not handled correctly.

Friday’s meeting is scheduled to take place at the borough council’s offices in Chapel Street, starting at 10am.