New bid to revive King’s Lynn waterfront unveiled

King's Lynn and the River Great Ouse seen from the West Lynn ferry steps. 

Looking through to King Staithe Square, Bank House and King's Lynn Minster ENGANL00120130509165320
King's Lynn and the River Great Ouse seen from the West Lynn ferry steps. Looking through to King Staithe Square, Bank House and King's Lynn Minster ENGANL00120130509165320
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A new bid to regenerate Lynn’s waterfront has been unveiled today.

West Norfolk Council chiefs have announced plans for a fresh feasibility study to look at potential development ideas on three sites in the town.

The work will look at the area around the Purfleet, Custom House and King Staithe Square, as well as the parking area on the South Quay and the visitor pontoons. The third is the Nar Loop, which leads up to Hardings Pits.

The announcement follows a number of land purchases by the authority in recent months.

Officials say ideas are needed to help bring new people and economic opportunities to the sites. And they’ve urged residents to get involved in the process.

Council deputy leader, Alistair Beales, said: “Development on these sites is complex and expensive and profits uncertain, which makes it difficult for the private sector alone to redevelop and revitalise such areas.

“Given the importance of the riverfront to the town, we will step in and start planning what can be done to regenerate the area, create new homes and businesses, attract more activities and events, and create a buzzing and vibrant quayside.

“Our aim is to really maximise the potential of the riverfront area”

“It is very early days and we have no preconceived thoughts about what might be feasible, so we are really urging people to get involved at every opportunity of this study, to ensure their ideas are taken into consideration in the development of the delivery plan.”

London-based consultancy firm Urban Delivery has been appointed to lead the study.

Preliminary consultations are expected to take place in September and the study will last for around six months.

After that, a delivery plan, setting out what are felt to be the best options for the areas and how they can be delivered, will be presented to the council.

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