Housing Minister visits partnership development in King’s Lynn

16th, May

Housing Minister Dominic Raab visited King’s Lynn in Norfolk to see some of the new housing being built in the town – including the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk’s Marsh Lane/Lynnsport site where, in partnership with Lovell, some 355 homes are being built – and to learn about the council’s future development plans.

Housing Minister Dominic Raab MP was given a tour of some the new homes on Orchard Close in King’s Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The borough council has built and sold over 100 new homes on its Nar Ouse Regeneration Area in a joint venture with Norfolk County Council.  A further 50 homes are currently being built in a third phase of this development.  Recently the borough council acquired an adjacent site from the administrators of the previous private developer owners.  Plans are well advanced to build a further 104 homes using modular construction methods on this former brownfield site.

The Minister is pictured at the Marsh Lane/Lynnsport site where sales entirely off-plan are exceeding all expectations.

Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Cllr Brian Long said: “The borough council is by some margin the biggest developer in West Norfolk.  I was proud to be able to show the Housing Minister what we have already achieved in terms of providing good quality new homes in our borough.”

Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Cabinet Member for Corporate Projects and Assets Cllr Alistair Beales said: “We are a very ambitious council.  By building a careful mix of homes to buy, rent along with affordable homes we are creating new communities on sites that have stood vacant for far too long.”

He added: “Our development partnership with homes developer Lovell means that we will be able to complete 1,000 new homes by 2022.”

“We have been able to demonstrate our track record of delivering housing schemes, and evidence that we have mechanisms in place to continue that delivery in future.  We were also able to highlight some of the obstacles and limitations to delivery which could be mitigated with appropriate funding.”

“We were heartened by the meeting during which the Minister acknowledged our achievements and our ambitions, and we are looking forward to further meetings with him and the chair of Homes England to see how we can work together to deliver on local house-building targets.”

Lovell regional managing director Simon Medler commented: “We’re extremely proud to be involved in this innovative partnership with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, bringing our development expertise to the delivery of this major new homes programme.

“We were delighted to join with the council to welcome the Housing Minister and show him how the programme is extending choice locally, answering the significant demand for new-build homes for sale and particularly helping first-time buyers on to the housing ladder.”

 

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