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New route to enable development of new homes to cost £13.5m

PUBLISHED: 14:04 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:57 26 October 2018

New road to be built could aid with traffic on the A10 at West Winch. Picture: Matthew Usher.

New road to be built could aid with traffic on the A10 at West Winch. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A new road to enable thousands of new homes to be built in West Norfolk will cost around £13.5m, says a report to councillors.

It says the new route around West Winch, near King’s Lynn, could be ready as early as the end of next year. Officials say that the scale of the housing development in the area can not happen without it.

The report, to West Norfolk council’s regeneration and development panel, said: “This is needed to ensure that 4,000 dwellings are capable of being served and accessed along with ensuring that some of the existing issues on the A10 are mitigated.

“Without the new road the growth area cannot be delivered. We are exploring various mechanisms to provide a road in advance of the development.”

In excess of 4,000 new homes are envisaged in a strategic growth area which includes West Winch and the nearby village of North Runcton within the next 20 years.

Earlier in the year the county council confirmed it was working on the feasibility of the project but suffered a setback when a bid for £10m of funding was denied. But the borough council report says work is continuing.

It says: “Stage one of this work, looking specifically at the design and scoping of the road is currently under way. The current design and planning submission work is scheduled to be complete by December 2019. Funding to design the road and take it through planning has been secured.”

Officials say the road is part of a wider infrastructure delivery plan, which is also meant to relieve pressure on the existing A10 road through both West Winch and North Runcton. Officials are seeking approval of draft legal agreements to accompany any future planning approvals in the area, as well as drawing up broader outline planning applications, seeking further funding from the county’s business rates pool and potentially buying up land in the area for development.

The recommendations in the report are due to be considered by the borough council’s regeneration and development panel on Tuesday, October 30.

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