Winning bid key to town's growth

Last minute touches are being put to a bid which could see King's Lynn become a key regional centre in the East of England. D-Day is this Monday for council chiefs at West Norfolk Council to submit their delivery plan for the area which could see them win Growth Point Status.

Last minute touches are being put to a bid which could see King's Lynn become a key regional centre in the East of England.

D-Day is this Monday for council chiefs at West Norfolk Council to submit their delivery plan for the area which could see them win Growth Point Status.

The label would mean that up to 2021 and beyond the town and the surrounding area would become one of the fastest growing areas in the East of England.

It would help the area meet housing targets and help it become a key centre of development and change, a regional spatial strategy designation for key service centres.

Most importantly, it would open doors for millions of pounds worth of funding.

A delivery plan, being put together in time for Monday, the deadline for it to be submitted to GO East, forms the basis of the bid.

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Jason Law, cabinet member for regeneration said: “This is a very positive step and, if successful, has the potential to bring in outside resources to assist the development and regeneration of the town as a 'key centre for development and change'.”

The delivery plan outlines measures and projects which would contribute to achieving growth in the town and housing targets contained in the regional spatial strategy.

A draft of the plan already contains 50 projects covering housing, economic development, leisure and open space, health, community facilities and social provision, utilities, transportation, carbon footprint and marketing.

The borough already has plans for many regeneration projects in its Vision for King's Lynn 2000 - 2023, including the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area, Boal Quay marina, town centre re-development, urban renaissance and development strategies and the restoration of The Walks.

Nick Daubney, leader of the council, said: “Our lobbying Government to reconsider King's Lynn for Growth Point Status is showing results.

“To achieve this submission on time is a huge task, but the rewards of success are immense, in terms of access to founding opportunities and infrastructure improvements in the years to come.”

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