Images of the new Nora 4 development in South Lynn. Pictures: Lovell

Work has started on the next phase of housing on the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA) in South Lynn.

West Norfolk Council and housing developer Lovell are working together on the Nora 4 project, which  will bring a further 105 new homes.

The council has carried out extensive remediation work at the former factory site, off Morston Drift, and the first homes are due to be finished by February next year.

Peter Gidney, borough council cabinet member for project delivery, said: “This site has been an extremely difficult one to bring forward and we are delighted that we have now started the build phase of this project. 

“The team comprising the borough council, Lovell, WSP, Bowie Construction, Power Better and various other contractors have worked extremely hard to solve the issues with this site. 

“Once complete, this project will allow the circular river walk to be open to the general public and directly link all the new developments, as well as improving links to the older parts of South Lynn.” 

The Nora 4 development will have 37 homes available for open market sale, 52 for private rental, 11 for affordable rent and five for shared ownership and construction work is due to be completed by May 2023.

Planning permission for the homes was granted in June, when a report to the planning committee said the site had a “complex history”.

Outline planning permission was first granted for housing at the site in 2007 and a full application for 126 houses was approved in 2014. 

Four years later, an amended scheme for 96 homes was given the go ahead.

Michael Saunders, construction manager at Lovell, added: “This is the first project in partnership with the borough council that has commenced since the pandemic and we’re still hoping to work with local groups and organisations to reinvigorate the area once government restrictions allow, highlighting our dedication and commitment to improving King’s Lynn and creating thriving new communities.”

The council is working with Lovell on a number of housing projects, including the Lynnsport development in King’s Lynn.