The proposed road bridge, viewed from Hardwick.

Plans for a major housing development in Gaywood look set to be approved next week, despite calls for the site to be protected.

West Norfolk Council is seeking planning permission for 379 homes on land off Parkway, plus a new road and a vehicle and pedestrian bridge leading from the new estate to Rollesby Road on the Hardwick Industrial Estate.

The application was submitted in May last year following an online consultation and is due to be discussed at a special council meeting online on Wednesday.

A mixture of one, two, three and four-bedroom houses and flats, including 57 affordable homes, is proposed either side of Howard Junior School and King’s Oak Academy, linking Gaywood with the Fairstead estate.

The 48-acre site, which has many trees, is made up of parkland, scrubland and open fields and objections have been raised abut the loss of “King’s Lynn’s last truly wild place”.

But in a report to the planning committee, published yesterday, officers recommended the application be approved, concluding the benefits outweighed the harm, including the “regrettable” loss of trees.

Read the full story in tomorrow’s Your Local Paper.