Link road plan is ‘unsatisfactory’, warns King’s Lynn Civic Society

Public meeting to discuss opposition to Lynnsport/Marsh Lane housing scheme ANL-150102-141059009
Public meeting to discuss opposition to Lynnsport/Marsh Lane housing scheme ANL-150102-141059009
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The warning is listed among objections to the route linking Edward Benefer Way and Lynnsport, which will be debated by West Norfolk Council’s planning committee on Monday.

But committee members have been urged to approve the scheme, for which the authority is seeking permission from its own planners.

They have insisted that concerns raised about the scheme have either been addressed already or can be resolved through the

Although the idea of building homes on surrounding Lynnsport and Marsh Lane sites was backed by councillors last month, officials have stressed the current application would not give the green light for housing if it is approved.

However, their report to the committee states that the road would provide access to three of the five sites currently proposed for housing development in the area.

That is a key concern among members of the Lynn Civic Society, who have objected to the scheme.

They say: “The proposal does not provide a satisfactory solution to servicing of projected 400 households.”

The group also fears that the road could be used as a rat run by drivers seeking to avoid delays on Edward Benefer Way itself.

A total of 21 letters of objection, raising concerns about issues including loss of green space, environmental impact, drainage and congestion, have been submitted to the council.

And almost 900 people have signed an online petition calling for a public inquiry into the whole road and housing project.

Concerns have also been raised by the Environment Agency, even though they have not submitted an objection to the road itself.

However, they say they cannot support the plan without receiving full details of the council’s plans to deal with surface water drainage from the route.

But the council says it is awaiting the agency’s comments on a revised set of proposals designed to tackle their concerns.

The report said: “The proposed development is an important piece of infrastructure that has the potential to enable the development of four residential development sites.

“The scheme will also improve access to the Lynnsport facility.”

The council says a 30 mile per hour speed limit would be in place on the new road, reduced to 20 within the Lynnsport site itself. There would also be traffic calming measures.

It also points out that the scheme allows for a further 123 parking spaces at the sports centre, taking capacity to 379 from the current 256.

Monday’s meeting will be held in the Assembly Room of Lynn’s town hall and will start at 10am.