New plans go in for controversial housing build after hundreds of homes cut

Parkway development

Proposals include land on either side of the sand line and a new bridge across the railway - Credit: Chris Bishop

A controversial development that was pulled just weeks after it was approved will return after cutting hundreds of proposed homes. 

West Norfolk Councils cabinet set out plans for the future of the Parkway development on Tuesday, which will be redrawn following a change in leadership at King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council. 

Development for 379 homes in Gaywood Parkway,  Kings Lynn, was approved in April, despite a petition against it signed by 3,5000 people, including broadcaster Stephen Fry. 

Stephen Fry. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Stephen Fry, who appears in the video by the Shakespeare's Guildhall Trust to celebrate the Bard's birthday - Credit: Simon Finlay

After Stuart Dark replaced Brian Long as the leader of the council in May, he swiftly withdrew support for the original scheme. 

Now the development will see some considerable changes, including cut the number of houses to 260, not building on the eastern site and cutting a bridge across the railway line

Mr Dark said the purpose of bringing the item before the cabinet was not to look at the financial viability of the site but on their next course of action. 

Independent councillor, Sandra Squire, suggested using this as an opportunity to explore turning the eastern site into a wildlife site so that it could be protected for future generations but was told that was beyond the scope of Tuesday’s meeting. 

West Norfolk council is warning about a tax scam. Picture: Ian Burt

West Norfolk cabinet discussed the plans on Tuesday - Credit: IAN BURT

Opposition councillors thanked the cabinet for reconsidering their position on the development, including Tom Ryves, who said: “I would like to add to the cacophony of satisfaction that this scheme has been adjusted in the way it has been, especially the speed with which it was done.” 

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Mr Ryves questioned how much money had been spent on the site so far and what happens with it now but was told "that is not something on this paper” and it would have to be looked at in the future. 

The cabinet agreed to a series of measures for progressing the site:  

  • No development on the eastern part of the site and no new road bridge across the railway lines 

  • New or amended planning application to be submitted for the development 

  • Council seeks to renegotiate business rate pool funding of £2m to promote active travel and deliver enhanced cycle and footpath access between Fairstead, Hardwick and the town centre 

  • Recast town deal submission to reflect wider connectivity issues within the town and promote active travel