Village leader draw up alternative neighbourhood ideas

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Community leaders in two villages near Lynn are working together to draw up an alternative vision to plans that could see 1,600 new homes built over the next decade.

A public consultation on West Norfolk Council’s proposed allocations of land for almost 6,500 new homes across the borough between now and the year 2026 is continuing.

But, with around a quarter of those homes planned for their area, parish councillors in North Runcton and West Winch are drawing up their own neighbourhood plan.

North Runcton parish council chairman Rick Morrish said an independent examiner was assessing their ideas and a public meeting on the borough’s proposals has been scheduled for February 7.

He said: “A lot of people have got great concerns. It’s not just 10 years, it projects 20, 30 or 40 years.

Mr Morrish was speaking as dozens of residents attended a consultation session on plans for 19 new homes in the heart of North Runcton.

Proposals for the Church Farm site, close to the village green, were unveiled during a drop-in event held at the village hall on Saturday.

Mr Morrish said the parish council would be submitting its own thoughts to the developers this week but wanted to hear what residents had to say first.

He said the authority was “open-minded” about the proposal.