Open day to discuss objections to major development in West Norfolk.

Land between Long Lane and Watering Lane, at West Winch, where some of the 500 new homes proposed fo

Land between Long Lane and Watering Lane, at West Winch, where some of the 500 new homes proposed for the village could be built Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Two parish councils are holding an open event for residents to have their say on proposed plans for hundreds of new homes in west Norfolk.

Land off Long Lane is included in the proposed West Winch development Picture: Chris Bishop

Land off Long Lane is included in the proposed West Winch development Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

West Winch and North Runcton parish councils are holding a meeting between 10.30am and 3.30pm on Saturday, February 2 at the William Burt Centre regarding proposed plans to build 500 new homes on land off Rectory Lane. Proposals put forward by developer Metacre, will be on display.

Parish council chairman Paul Foster said: 'The meeting is for people to come forward to discuss their views on the prospective build.

'The road infrastructure cannot handle the traffic for an additional 500 houses. Yesterday there was a 35-minute hold up on the A10 due to just a burst water main, the roads can't handle it. 'At last week's parish council meeting no-one could see any benefit for the village, there is benefit for the landowners, but nothing for the village.

Land off Rectory Lane, West Winch, where some of the 500 new homes proposed for the village could be

Land off Rectory Lane, West Winch, where some of the 500 new homes proposed for the village could be built Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

'When Noah built the ark, he built it for two by two, when King's Lynn's South Gate was built, it was built for one by one, the A10 isn't big enough, it will be total gridlock.'


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The plans are being met with fierce objections from the parish councils and residents as the increase in housing is set to increase the size of West Winch parish by approximately 40pc. Villagers are worried about the increase in traffic on the A10.

Currently, there are more than 35 comments on West Norfolk council's planning website objecting to the plans.

The proposed development sites straddle the busy A10 at West Winch Picture: Chris Bishop

The proposed development sites straddle the busy A10 at West Winch Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

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Lesley Trusler writes: 'Our village cannot cope with the current amount of traffic, let alone introduce another 500 homes, plus the other 1,000 planned around the common area in the near future.'

Diane Thompson says: 'The traffic into King's Lynn in the mornings is already backed up some days as far as Watlington roundabout, and in the summer another 1,000 cars in the village would be unbearable.

'There are not enough schools, shops or amenities for this many new houses and the noise would move from a nice quiet village to a noisy town.'

Land along the A10 corridor is being given "increased emphasis" for development Picture: Chris Bish

Land along the A10 corridor is being given "increased emphasis" for development Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

The outline application is currently awaiting a decision from West Norfolk council.

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