West Norfolk homes inquiry resumes as new development boss named

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A public inquiry into council plans for housing development across West Norfolk over the next decade has resumed.

The first of ten scheduled days of hearings in the inspection of the borough council’s local development framework was held at the authority’s headquarters in Lynn on Wednesday.

The inquiry, which is scheduled to run until mid-November, has to determine whether the council’s plans to accommodate thousands of new homes across the borough is sound or not.

The process was halted in July after concerns were raised about the potential environmental impact of the plans.

Since then, officials have drawn up plans to introduce a green levy on new homes built in the borough and set up a new board to decide what to do with the money generated.

But another proposed reform, the reinstatement of land at Gravel Hill in West Winch, sparked an angry response from local people who are concerned about the impact on travel and flood risks.

The hearings are due to continue at Lynnsport today.

Meanwhile, a new development portfolio holder has been appointed to the borough council’s ruling cabinet.

Richard Blunt, who represents the Walpole ward, has succeeded Vivienne Spikings, whose resignation was announced last week.