Delivery plan to identify infrastructure need ahead of future development

West Winch village sign
West Winch village sign

Infrastructure needs at a site allocated for development in West Winch will be revealed in a detailed plan later in the year, officials have said.

West Norfolk Council allocated the 190 hectares of land at West Winch and North Runcton for development in the period to 2026 and beyond.

Council officials have said a total of 3,500 houses is anticipated for the site, with 1,600 of these expected by 2026 – and with it comes a significant amount of supporting infrastructure.

The whole development is anticipated to be completed over a 25-year period.

At a regeneration and development panel meeting on Wednesday, committee members were told that the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) had been started, and it was expected to be finished by late July, and then presented to Cabinet by October.

The council’s local development framework manager Alan Gomm said the IDP will also identify how the infrastructure will be funded, key responsibilities and time scales, and said it will be agreed between the relevant partners before being adopted by the council.

Nikki Patton, lead officer from the environmental health and housing department, said two needs already established were roads and water facilities.

Committee members raised concerns about the provision for parking in Lynn, GP surgeries and schools.

Once the IDP is accepted, developers will be able to make planning applications.