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Public consultation launched on proposals for King's Lynn's Nelson Quay project

By Lynn News Reporter

A vision of how the Nelson Quay area could look if plans proceed (5570959)
A vision of how the Nelson Quay area could look if plans proceed (5570959)

A public consultation has been launched on a new vision which could transform Lynn’s historic riverfront area.

More than 400 new homes and 7,500 square metres of commercial business space are envisaged as part of the Nelson Quay proposals, which were unveiled this week.

But officials say the plan does not require the full opening of a controversial bus route to all traffic for it to proceed.

A two-day exhibition of the plans was held in the Tuesday Market Place on Tuesday and Wednesday to begin the process of gauging the public’s views on the proposals. An online consultation then began today.

West Norfolk Council officials have already stated their aim of submitting an outline planning application for the scheme early in the new year.

The display said: “The aim of the masterplan is to provide a viable and inspiring framework for development that can be transformative for King’s Lynn while retaining the many assets of the site.

“The plan is intended to create a strong sense of place that develops from the attractive aspects of the present site - namely its natural setting, the quayside and the heritage setting.”

The vision incorporates up to 436 homes and 7,659 square metres of commercial business space, as well as the creation of a new wetland habitat around the Nar Loop, improved seating and lighting, plus a new pedestrian and cycle bridge.

The presentations also stressed that development of the area is not dependent on Hardings Way, whose use is currently restricted to buses, cyclists and pedestrians, being opened to all traffic.

There has been significant opposition in recent months to proposed new traffic regulations which would reduce the length of the route that is restricted, though others say the route is not providing full value for the money spent on it in its present use.

To access the documents, visit www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/nelsonquay, where the consultation questionnaire can also be completed.

The survey, which was launched yesterday, will remain open until Thursday, December 6.


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