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140m regeneration plan unveiled
Artists impression of proposed regeneration plan housing
The plan is for 700 new homes as part of the regeneration
A scheme to build 700 new homes, create 1,500 jobs, a new school and sports facilities in King's Lynn has been unveiled.

The plans for the 140m King's Lynn Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (NORA) project for the town were put forward on Thursday.

The project includes redeveloping 70 acres of land to the south of Wisbech Road and aims to create up to 1,500 jobs.

It includes a business and employment park, about 700 homes, a new road, a central park and community facilities.

It is proposed that later phases will include a marina at Boal Quay and the reopening of the River Nar to navigation.

The regeneration programme is the single most important opportunity for King's Lynn's future
David Dodge, of developer Morston Assets Ltd

The project also includes plans to create sports facilities, a play area, a community centre and, dependent on funding, a new primary school on the site of the Puny Drain.

The public and private partners behind the project are King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, property developer Morston Assets, Norfolk County Council, East of England Development Agency and English Partnerships.

Parts of the sites being redeveloped were contaminated by heavy industry including the old Muckworks fertiliser plant and the former gas works.

'Vision, now reality'

Design work has already begun and construction of the new road and cleaning up the site will begin in early 2004, with completion planned for early 2005.

John Dobson, leader of King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council and chairman of the NORA Steering Group, stated: "After three years of planning, the vision is now a reality.

"It's an exciting time for the town and we hope the people will enjoy the opportunity to view the master plan for themselves and we look forward to hearing their views."

David Dodge, of Morston Assets Ltd, said: "The regeneration programme is the single most important opportunity for King's Lynn's future.

"The master plan will redevelop brown field and redundant land whilst maintaining a balanced provision of public spaces and improvements to the River Nar corridor."


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