SEE VIDEO - Controversial King’s Lynn housing plans backed by council

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Controversial proposals to build hundreds of new homes on sites in North Lynn and Gaywood werebacked by West Norfolk Council last night, Thursday, February 26.

Members voted 29 to 13 in support of the authority’s plans to develop lands around Marsh Lane and Lynnsport.

The result was greeted with a slow handclap and cries of “Shame” among dozens of members of the public who watched the proceedings in Lynn’s town hall.

An earlier amendment calling for a further period of public consultation to take place on the revised scheme was defeated by 28 votes to 14.

The decision permits council chiefs to develop the schemes towards full planning applications, the first of which could follow within weeks.

However, an amendment was passed calling on the authority to seek advice on how the site known as Lynnsport 2, which includes the River Lane playing fields, can be protected as open green space.

Our video shows borough mayor Barry Ayres announcing the result and the reaction of objectors.