Residents object to bid to build four new homes in King’s Lynn

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Plans to construct four homes will “ruin” a historic Lynn street say residents.

Some people living in Pilot Street are objecting to Freebridge Community Housing’s bid to build on a vacant parcel of land at the bottom of their road.

Freebridge is hoping to put up two and three bedroom flats on land adjacent to 15 Chapel Lane in a bid to provide much needed town centre homes.

West Norfolk Council’s planning committee have been recommended to approve the application at their meeting on Monday.

Resident Charles Buck has raised concerns about parking and the impact of the development on the street, which is part of the conservation area.

Mr Buck, who lives in a 14th century house, said: “It is going to ruin the street. This is the oldest street in North Lynn.

“This is supposed to be an conservation area. We can’t even change the colour of our front door without permission.”

Julian Hepburn, who is representing the residents, has concerns about the access along with the safety of people walking along the narrow street.

He said: “We feel very strongly. It is not wrong in principle to have a building on there but what is wrong is the sort of design.

“We feel the building is far too high and dominating.”

Colin Davison, Director of Property at Freebridge, said: “We are committed to developing good quality affordable homes for people in West Norfolk and the application to build four homes on the land in Pilot Street is part of that commitment.

“Any new homes we build, will be designed to make sure that they are sympathetic to the local area. As always, we will work in partnership with agencies or organisations that are involved in the decision making process and continue to welcome conversations with the local community on our projects.”

The report to the council says English Heritage has listed no objection but 18 letters were received. Lynn Civic Society also objected.