Housing proposal for King’s Lynn car park

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Shops and homes are proposed to be built on a Lynn town centre car park.

Boal Quay is one of the town’s main car parks but has been earmarked to take 330 homes along with retail units under West Norfolk Council’s future vision for the development of the town.

The council is expecting 7,000 homes to be built across the area and has set out its blueprint for development within the sites allocation plan, which is being discussed by councillors.

The re-development of Boal Quay is a “high priority” project for the council, according to the document.

The project, which has been branded as The Quays, includes proposals for housing, retail, other commercial units along with the creation of a waterfront area. The council previously hoped to create a marina.

Leader of the council Nick Daubney, who has stressed that this is a proposal, said: “I think the whole waterfront area is an opportunity just waiting to be exploited.

“It is no secret that I am very keen on a marina but because of the economic climate that could not happen. We have seen that exciting things can be done there with Marriott’s Warehouse and the Hanse House. It is great to see people down there enjoying the waterfront. We can do so much more.”

The site allocation plans, which runs until 2026, earmarks 2,900 new homes to be built in Lynn and includes a number of projects which are already in the pipeline.

These include 170 homes at Marsh Lane, 260 on the former College of West Anglia playing fields near Parkway, 450 at Lynnsport, 100 in Columbia Way, 50 in Wisbech Road, 50 at South Quay, 20 at Southgates and 350 at Boal Quay. The plan also earmarks a minimum of 1,600 homes in West Winch by Hopkins Homes, along with a total of 249 in West Lynn over sites in St Peter’s Road and Bankside.

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Major expansion could be seen in the Knight’s Hill area with 600 homes proposed for a site off Grimston Road. A further 300 homes could be built in Hall Lane, South Wootton.

Mr Daubney said if the Boal Quay bid came to pass the council would have to replace the car park.

He said: “It is essential in my view that Lynn remains as an car friendly town.”

The sites allocation document also sets out industrial areas. A 27-hectare site in Hardwick is proposed (a plan is being put together by Morston Assets) and a 23-hectare site in Saddlebow.

Mr Daubney said the site allocation plan gives “clarity” for future development and will need to go before a Government inspector.

He said: “It is important if people have issues to comment because the inspector will take that into account.”

Expansion is also planned for Downham.

The plan sets out for 250 homes on land east of Lynn Road, close to Bridle Lane, and 140 near Nightingale Lane.

A section of land off St John’s Way is also being allocated for employment use.

Town mayor John Doyle said: “My personal view is that the land for employment is fantastic for the town and we have just got to accept the houses.”

A total of 333 homes are allocated for Hunstanton over sites in Cromer Road, near Hunstanton Commercial Park and Hunstanton Road.

Terrington St Clement is earmarked to receive a total of 97 homes in sites in Church Bank, King William Close, Benns Lane and land east of School Road.

The site allocation plan will be discussed by the Regeneration, Environment and Community Panel meeting on Wednesday.