King’s Lynn link road plan is submitted

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Proposals to build a multi-million pound link road in North Lynn have been submitted to planners.

West Norfolk Council has applied to its own planning department for permission to develop the route between the A1078 Edward Benefer Way and the Lynnsport leisure centre in Greenpark Avenue.

Documents submitted as part of the application say the route, which is expected to cost around £4.35 million to build, is needed to provide the necessary infrastructure to allow for hundreds of new homes to be built in the area.

A total of 450 properties are envisaged across five development sites around Lynnsport, three of which would be accessed from the new link road. The other two would be reached via the existing leisure centre access off Columbia Way.

A further 150 homes are proposed in another residential development off Marsh Lane.

The proposal also includes a plan to culvert an Internal Drainage Board (IDB) ditch, although minutes show that IDB members have raised concerns that the costs of the culverting work, thought to be around £850,000, may have been underestimated.

The papers, which are published on the IDB’s website, also showed members were concerned at a lack of risk assessment and said an emergency plan was needed.

But, the council’s planning agent, Mott MacDonald, claims the risk of flooding following the culvert work is “minimal.”

In their design and access statement, submitted as part of the application, the firm said the proposed route of the road, which will use the existing junction of Edward Benefer Way and Hamburg Way before reaching a new roundabout where drivers can join the link road, was designed to separate residential traffic from vehicles going to the North Lynn Industrial Estate.

They also maintain that the plan will improve safety for cyclists using the adjacent Sandringham Railway Path, which forms part of the National Cycle Network, by improving lighting and making the route less remote.