Campaigners fighting plans to build on Lynnsport are disappointed their calls for a referendum were refused.
But the new Lynnsport Area Residents’ Association has welcomed a decision by West Norfolk Council’s cabinet for a “forum of interested parties” to be established.
The cabinet agreed on Tuesday to press ahead with a scaled down plan to build 450 homes and a road at Lynnsport and for the release of £200,000 for Lovells to continue with pre-development works. It will go to full council on February 26.
During the meeting cabinet members heard an outline of the new plans, which include the removal of bollards on Marsh Lane and the Lynnsport 2 site, which covers an area including River Lane playing field.
Labour councillor Andy Tyler put forward residents calls for a referendum on the plan, a further informal consultation along with investigating claims that pigs with anthrax were buried at Marsh Lane.
Jim Moriarty, Labour member for Priory ward, also asked for a fresh consultation as some of the plans at the previous events were out-of-date.
At the meeting council leader Nick Daubney said he wanted residents to be involved in the project but turned down the calls for a referendum.
However he said he would like to see a forum with residents and councillors to hold discussions, similar to that which was organised during the early days of the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area project.
Regeneration and industrial assets portfolio holder Alistair Beales said DEFRA will be approached to see if they have any records of the pigs and would take on Mr Moriarty’s point to make future communication be detailed and accurate.
Cabinet member Elizabeth Nockolds said face to face meetings were better than a referendum while David Pope expressed concerns that the link road was too close to the Lynnsport. Brian Long asked for planting along the road.
Speaking after the meeting, which included a closed session to discuss financial matters, Mr Daubney said: “We wish the project to proceed but overseen in a transparent way with elected members and residents.
“I do see the local concerns and want to address it as well as we can.”
LARA chairman Stuart Hall said he was disappointed with the referendum decision.
But he added: “I am pleased we are going to have more consultation that is a positive move from the council.
“It is the custodian of the public space and so this needs to be done in the open so everyone can come along.
“Lynnsport as an open space is important to the people who live around there as The Walks is important to the people who live there.”
LARA was formed during a public meeting on Saturday last week when residents were keen on a mass protest against the plans.
The group also called on residents to attend the full council meeting .
LARA is asking residents to send off a letter to their councillor which calls for decisions on the new plans to be deferred until further consultations are held and for a referendum to be held for the people of Gaywood, Marsh Lane and North Lynn. The letter is available on the Stop Lynnsport and Road development Facebook page.