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King's Lynn pontoons extension bid lodged

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New proposals have been drawn up to expand the tourist pontoons on Lynn’s South Quay.

West Norfolk Council officials say the idea, which is now the subject of a planning application, will enable bigger vessels to use the site and potentially increase visitor numbers.

Baden Powell boat at Lynn's South Quay (4106749)
Baden Powell boat at Lynn's South Quay (4106749)

The authority has commissioned specialist engineers to compile a flood risk assessment of the scheme.

The report by Parsons Consulting Engineers of Whittlesey, which forms part of the council’s application for planning permission, said: “It is proposed to add pontoons to the northern end of the existing facility.

“The new pontoons will have a slightly higher freeboard than the existing, making them suitable for mooring of larger vessels and increasing the amount of visitor moorings available in King’s Lynn, contributing to the development and regeneration of the town.”

The existing pontoons have been in place since 2013 and provide facilities including connections to both electrical and water supplies.

The report said the proposed extension would provide around 58 metres of mooring space at the site.

It added that the plans took account of the potential threat of both tidal surges and climate change.

But questions have been raised previously about whether the existing facilities were used sufficiently to justify the amount of money, around £160,000, which was invested in them.

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