Villagers urged to have their say on North Runcton housing plans

The site of the proposed development, between the A47 and A10 south of King's Lynn. Picture: Google. The site of the proposed development, between the A47 and A10 south of King's Lynn. Picture: Google.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
5:30 PM

Villagers living around land earmarked for more than 1,000 new homes are being urged to have their say before it’s too late.

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A public consultation will be held at the weekend to discuss proposals to develop land between North Runcton village and the A10.

North Runcton Parish Council will be putting the plans on display and gauging opinion about the scheme, which the firm behind the plans has named Hardwick Green.

It is also encouraging villagers to write to West Norfolk council to give their comments on the proposals.

Parish council secretary Kate Senter said: “This is the time to have a look at the proposals and for residents to have their say.

“The parish council is offering residents the opportunity to come and have a look at paper plans within their parish.

“It is important people have a look and let us and the borough council know their opinions on the plans.

“The parish council is here to pass on people’s views to the borough council but residents can also write directly to the borough.

“It has been a talking point for the last year or so as it was part of the borough council’s strategy to build homes here.

“It is a case of making sure that any scheme doesn’t impinge on the residents who are here.”

The plans have been put forward by Suffolk-based developer Hopkins Homes who have already held their own consultation with the public.

A spokesperson for Hopkins Homes said: “The public consultation was some 18 months ago now and we were very pleased at the number of people who responded to our invitation – over 200 attendees.

“Our feedback suggests that the consultation was well received and our subsequent application has taken into account local comment to our original proposal.”

But Paul Foster, chairman of neighbouring West Winch Parish Council, said: “I am very concerned. North Runcton is only 300 homes at the moment so 1,100 is more than double.

“My biggest concern is the roads, not just in West Winch itself but also in King’s Lynn.

“If you look at the size of the site it would be difficult to operate without a car.”

Hopkins Homes added that a representative from their agent Turley Associates would be present at the consultation to explain queries about the scheme.

A new primary school and a link road between the A10 and A47 are included in the proposals. It is estimated that there could be an influx of 3,000 people should the full 1,110 homes be built.

The public consultation will take place in the Village Meeting Place in North Runcton on Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, from 10am until 4pm.

The deadline for comments about the application to be made to the borough council is December 13 however comments will be considered until a decision is made on the application.

Do you think building 1,000 homes will affect the traffic in the area? Write to EDPLetters@archant.co.uk

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