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Communities urged to fight against plan for 600 new homes on edge of King's Lynn




Plans for hundreds of new homes on the edge of Lynn will put several nearby villages under threat, local representatives have warned.

Letters are being circulated to residents in North Wootton, South Wootton and Castle Rising in a bid to raise awareness of the plan for 600 houses at Knights Hill.

And campaigners hope residents will turn out in force when the scheme is debated by borough councillors in a special session expected to take place later this month.

GV picture showing part of the site of a major planning application for land near Knights Hill South Wootton.Land to the right of this picture heading towards Knights Hill on the A148 Grimston Road. (with the Knights hill Complex at the top). (7487696)
GV picture showing part of the site of a major planning application for land near Knights Hill South Wootton.Land to the right of this picture heading towards Knights Hill on the A148 Grimston Road. (with the Knights hill Complex at the top). (7487696)

Concerns about development in the area have intensified since permission for nearly 600 new homes in South Wootton was granted before Christmas.

The letters, which are headed as from the three parish councils and supporting neighbouring parishes, say those schemes and the Knights Hill proposal combined amount to a 70 per cent increase in housing numbers and an extra 2,000 vehicles using surrounding roads.

The letter said: "We are not nimbies but custodians of a unique historic area of greenfield and agricultural land.

"The 600 extra homes on this application are unsustainable, destroy the character of the area and represent urban sprawl at its worst. You owe it to the children to stop it."

But developers behind the proposal say it has been shaped by talks with officials and residents.

It's more than three years since consultation events on the plan first took place.

And documents submitted as part of the application said: "The site has been carefully assessed and evaluated and many factors have been taken into account in designing the proposed development.

"Specialist consultants have been appointed to advise on a range of matters and local residents, council officers and several other statutory and non statutory bodies have had the opportunity to comment on and shape the proposals."

The report also insists the plan meets the requirements of both local and borough planning policies.

It added: "The design of the proposed development has evolved in response to several key issues relating to landscape, ecology, drainage/flood risk, archaeology, air quality, noise and transport."

The application is due to be debated at a special meeting of West Norfolk Council's planning committee on March 13. The authority yesterday confirmed agenda papers will be published next week.

Campaigners are urging residents to write to the borough council to voice concerns about the scheme, as well as contacting MP Sir Henry Bellingham.

The letter also says they would like as many as 200 residents to be at Lynn town hall for the meeting when the application is determined.

It added: "The elected planning committee when making their decision will find it hard to ignore so many residents."



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