Proposals for Nar Loop go on show
CHRIS BISHOP A floating restaurant could be moored up in The Purfleet, and King's Lynn could have two marinas instead of one.
A floating restaurant could be moored up in The Purfleet, and King's Lynn could have two marinas instead of one.
Those are just two of the ideas unveiled yesterday as a public consultation opened over proposals to redevelop the Nar Loop.
Consultants Llewelyn Davies Yeang have come up with two possible schemes featuring boat moorings, housing and leisure developments.
One features a 250-berth marina with development around it, which would have enough space to allow fishing boats to dock and be connected to the Fenland waterways network via the River Nar.
The other comprises a smaller 90-berth marina in Lynn, which would retain the current land in the middle of the Nar Loop for development, and a larger "satellite marina" to the south, off the Great Ouse Relief Channel.
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Llewelyn Davies Yeang has come up with a list of possible developments which could accompany either scheme.
It includes flats, family houses, cafés, hotel, chandlery and the floating restaurant berthed in the Purfleet, which since its restoration has only been used by boats during maritime festivals.
Nick Daubney, West Norfolk Council's portfolio holder for redevelopment, said: "I'd like to think we could see building start in four years' time, subject to planning and sufficient developer backing.
"My personal opinion would be to go for the single, larger marina but we need to get the public's and boaters' reactions."
The proposals will be on show for a week from today in King's Lynn Library, then Gaywood Library for a week from October 18, and West Norfolk Council's Priory House from October 25.
There will also be a display in Broad Street from today until November 2. The deadline for responses to the consultation is November 3.
They can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or put into comments boxes beside the displays.