New plans due for King’s Lynn housing project

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Details of revised proposals for hundreds of new homes in North Lynn and Gaywood are expected to be published today.

West Norfolk Council chiefs have been reviewing their plans to develop lands in the Marsh Lane and Lynnsport areas following a public consultation which ended earlier this month.

More than 2,000 people have signed petitions against the proposals, which objectors fear will lead to a loss of popular open space.

They also fear that a proposed link road from Edward Benefer Way to Lynnsport, which would provide access to the new developments, could become a rat run.

But, in a report to this Thursday’s full council meeting, Alistair Beales, cabinet member for regeneration, insisted the public’s views were being taken into account.

He said: “Given the significance of the proposal I have been at pains to ensure there is good public consultation.

“I have slowed the progress of the report to allow public consultation to be collated and possible changes to the scheme evaluated for consideration by special Cabinet (and if approved) Council.”

He also insisted nothing was “set in stone” about the project.

Members of the authority’s ruling cabinet are next due to examine the latest plans for the areas when they meet next Tuesday, February 3.

However, agenda papers for that meeting suggest only part of their deliberations, relating to the provision of leisure facilities, public consultation and risk implications, will take place in public.

Discussions around finances and contract negotiations are likely to take place in private session.