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Plans for the future of King’s Lynn’s historic waterfront are taking a step forward.

Members of West Norfolk Council’s environment and community panel discussed the issue at a meeting on Wednesday.

The panel agreed to endorse the preparation of a regeneration plan for the area and the creation of an architect-led team to prepare a delivery plan for the project.

The largest land-owner of property alongside the River Great Ouse is the borough council and it hopes to completely regenerate the site, much of which is in a Conservation area. The waterfront has been split into three sections; the top end nearest Kings Staithe Square, a central section from Boal Quay to the outer Purfleet and the final area of Boal Quay, the Nar loop and The Friars.

“Given its prominent waterfront position, the study area presents a unique opportunity to implement a transformational plan that will enable the development of long-term unutilised sites into a vibrant and economically active water front,” said a report to panel members.

The aim is to have the site appraisal, consultation and development options in place by August next year with the riverfront delivery plan ready by October.

The borough council bought the former silo site from property developers McArthy and Stone earlier this year as part of the scheme for redevelopment.