Plans to build 450 new homes on the edge of King’s Lynn have been given the green light by councillors despite concerns from an opposition councillor.

When complete the Larkfleet Homes scheme will be comprised of 12 one-bedroom, 58 two-bedroom, 218 three-bedroom, 138 four-bedroom and 24 five-bedroom properties, 90 of which will be affordable or for shared ownership.

The new development, off Edward Benefer Way in the parish of South Wootton, has been granted permission by the borough council’s planning committee.

Approval in principle was agreed upon by West Norfolk Council in December 2018, but the scheme’s access, layout, scale, landscaping and appearance were still awaiting the council’s final approval.

While most members spoke positively about the scheme, independent councillor Jo Rust was among those to express concerns about the scheme, including its proximity to the town and the use of gas boilers.

An officer responded that the homes already had permission in principle, while Conservative councillor Brian Long said he understood that the boilers used would be “hydrogen-ready”, meaning that they will be capable of taking in hydrogen in the future, as well as conventional gas.

13 councillors voted in favour of the development, with two against and one abstention.

Image source: Larkfleet Homes

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