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Concern over major work on estate growth in King's Lynn





Plans to build a major development on the Hardwick Industrial Estate is raising concern amongst residents.

Developers propose building 19 units on a site behind Extons Place and Kings Avenue, with access from Rollesby Road.

GV photo of land off Rollesby Road Hardwick Industrial Estate King's Lynn where a Planning Application for 19 Factory Units to be built (2321032)
GV photo of land off Rollesby Road Hardwick Industrial Estate King's Lynn where a Planning Application for 19 Factory Units to be built (2321032)

The application reads: "The proposals are for further small scale industrial development in keeping with other industrial units on the Hardwick Industrial Estate.

"The applicant proposes the construction of 19 number 225 square metre light industrial or storage and distribution units.

"The total site area is 4.6 acres but the shape of the site and the retention of mature trees and the land drain and watercourse results in the usable area of the site being reduced to 2.7 acres."

But some residents are raising concern over the possible impact this development could have on their neighbourhood, saying "it is unnecessary to build 19 units when there are already units left empty".

GV photo of land off Rollesby Road Hardwick Industrial Estate King's Lynn where a Planning Application for 19 Factory Units to be built (2321036)
GV photo of land off Rollesby Road Hardwick Industrial Estate King's Lynn where a Planning Application for 19 Factory Units to be built (2321036)

A resident who is objecting to the plans said: "I am devastated to learn that planning permission is even being considered on the fertile land at the rear of Extons Place and Kings Avenue.

"I also worry that the many children living in the area would be at danger of the rise in traffic if people start parking down our small residential streets and then walking through to the new units.

"The natural noises of nature and many forms of wildlife found in and around the beauty spot on which they want to build upon will be lost, something many people in our neighbourhood are very worried about as they love listening to it and the industrial noise will only ever get worse."

Kerron Abel, of 5 Kings Avenue, is inviting residents, councillors and developers to a meeting at his home on June 6, from 7pm, to discuss neighbours' concerns.

He said: "We are hoping to sit down and have a conversation about our concerns over this development. It is not waste land, it is a place of natural beauty.

"This is about the residents and future generations. We need to leave some green land for people to enjoy. There is wildlife on there as well as trees which act as a natural barrier from the factories already there.

"There are unused units on the Hardwick, these should be used rather than building more. All we want is to sit down and voice our concerns."



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