King’s Lynn homes plan rejected by council committee

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Plans to build four new homes close to two historic Lynn landmarks have been rejected by a borough council committee.

Officials had recommended that the proposal for the land on the corner of Chapel Lane and Pilot Street, submitted by Freebridge Community Housing, be approved.

But members of the West Norfolk Council planning committee refused planning permission for the scheme after making a site visit on Thursday.

The site is made up of land which was formerly associated with the Grade II Listed Austin House and is also close to St Nicholas Chapel.

Planning officers had reported that the proposed development was appropriate for the site and in keeping with the character of the surrounding conservation area.

They also said planning policy assumed support for the development of brownfield, town centre sites.

But Lynn’s Civic Society claimed the plan would be an “overdevelopment” of the land.