Picture: Norfolk County Council

More than 1,000 homes and a primary school could be built on the edges of Lynn.

A planning application has been submitted by Hopkins Homes for the major development between the A10 and A47 at West Winch and North Runcton.

Dubbed Hardwick Green, the £180m development could create hundreds of construction jobs while providing new homes for the area.

Hopkins said 200 people attended an exhibition held in 2012 when the plans were unveiled.

The 125-acre site had been earmarked for housing by West Norfolk Council.

Potential traffic problems at the Hardwick roundabout have been acknowledged and the developer said it was in discussion with both the county council and the Highways Agency about a potential ‘upgrade strategy.’

North Runcton currently has around 300 homes and West Winch 1,100 – so Hardwick Green would be almost double the size of the villages.

“It is anticipated that the larger growth area, including land to the south, could comprise approximately 3,000 homes, primary school, local centre, public open space and landscaping,” says a report accompanying the application.

“In this respect the site represents an early stage of a wider development initiative,” it adds.

The development would include a new link road joining the A47 and A10 at Setchey along with the new school, ‘public centre’ and landscaping.

The proposals are likely to take around 15 years  to be fully developed, according to Hopkins.

“The delivery of the link road is a key objective for the growth area in easing congestion on the A10,” says the report, which acknowledges it will take years to complete the project.

The full application can be viewed via West Norfolk Council’s website at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk