Residents and businesses are being urged to give their views on a proposed blueprint designed to take West Norfolk forward to 2036.

The wide-reaching vision details sites in the borough earmarked for new homes and industry and identifies a “clear A10 growth corridor” between King’s Lynn and Downham Market.

The draft Local Plan also proposes to support Lynn as the borough’s “engine of growth” and encourage investment in Downham Market in recognition of its “key role” in the borough.

The draft document, being drawn up by West Norfolk Council, will be open for comments from Monday until Monday, April 15.

It also includes proposals to support the growth of Hunstanton and Watlington, with its rail links, and Marham with the RAF base being a key employer. 

Details of the consultation were announced on Wednesday by Richard Blunt, the council’s cabinet member for development and planning policy manager Alan Gomm.

They explained the council had originally been set a government target of building 670 new homes a year up to 2036, but the figure had now reduced to 555 a year.

Mr Blunt said the revised figure meant “not an enormous number of new sites” needed to be identified as 11,100 had already been committed and the draft included provision for at least another 1,825 new homes.

As well as housing and economic growth, the plan also looks at the impact of climate change, tourism, managing coastal areas, flood risk and strategies to encourage jobs.

Mr Blunt said: “The Local Plan is all about looking where development could and should take place across the borough.”

Some areas previously earmarked for development have been removed in the revised draft, which also takes into account town and parish Neighbourhood Plans.

“Some of the main points identified include the need to encourage different types of development including self-build and affordable housing. 

“A clear growth corridor has been identified along the A10 and the main railway line to London and Cambridge,” said Mr Blunt.

Officers hope people will make use of an online portal which has been created to view the draft plan. 

Individual sections can be viewed and an interactive map allows areas to be examined in more detail. 

A series of road shows have also been planned with the first at Downham Town Hall on Tuesday followed by Wednesday at Hunstanton Town Hall and Lynn Town Hall on Tuesday, March 12. 

These drop-in sessions will be open from 2pm to 7pm when officers and councillors will be on hand to answer questions. 

Once agreed, the plan has to be approved by a planning inspector before it can be officially adopted by the council, which is not expected to happen until March 2021.

View the draft document online at: west-norfolk.gov.uk/haveyoursay until 5pm on Monday, April 15.