An appeal relating to a controversial planning application to build up to 600 homes at South Wootton has been upheld by the Secretary of State.
An independent planning inspector recommended upholding the appeal following a public inquiry held in January and the Secretary of State has now endorsed this inspector’s report and agreed with the conclusion that outline planning permission should be granted.
The inquiry was into proposals to build an 86-acre housing estate on land behind the Knights Hill roundabout in King’s Lynn, between Grimston Road and the A149. Included were sports pitches, a community centre and a new roundabout on Grimston Road.
Developers Whistlewood and Reffley Wood Ltd and Mr P. De Gray Osborn appealed West Norfolk Council’s decision to refuse permission last March.
Commenting on the decision, North West Norfolk MP James Wild said: “This is a very disappointing decision based on an Inspector’s report that overrides strong local opposition to this development. Despite acknowledging that the development is not required to meet local housing needs, the Inspector recommended it be allowed to proceed. I spoke against this proposal at the inquiry on behalf of my constituents and I am saddened that their views have been disregarded.”
Full story in Friday’s YLP.