Residents campaigning against the development plans in June. Picture: Tony Jones

Plans to build industrial units on a “wildlife haven” in King’s Lynn are due to be considered by West Norfolk Council in the New Year.

Guernsey-based developer  Apex Platinum Investments Ltd is seeking planning permission for 16 light industrial or storage units on open land behind Kings Avenue and Extons Place.

The 4.6-acre council-owned site, off Rollesby Road on the Hardwick Industrial Estate, has a number of mature trees and residents launched a campaign earlier this year to protect it from development.

Planning officers have recommended the application be approved despite opposition in the community.

A petition with 468 signatures and 55 letters of objection have been submitted to the borough council ahead of the planning committee meeting on Monday, January 7.

Campaigners have raised a number of concerns including the destruction of wildlife habitat, loss of trees and potential noise and pollution at the site.

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham has also written to the borough council suggesting a compromise where the developer would leave a “significant strip” of land near the homes undeveloped.

A report supporting the application said: “The  proposals  have  been  carefully  considered  to  maintain  the  existing  watercourse  and wildlife  corridor  which  runs  through  the  site  to  preserve  important  local  land  drainage  and ecology. 

“The  proposal  retains  224  existing  trees,  204  unaltered  and  20  trees  retained  but  reduced. 

“Only 33 of the 257 trees on the site are to be removed. The majority of the trees around the boundaries  are  to  be  retained.”

The planning application was originally for 19 units, but was amended in October.