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.