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Nelson Quay consultation

Have your say on how we're planning to regenerate the Nelson Quay area of King's Lynn

The site

Nelson Quay is the working title for a proposed development at King’s Lynn’s South Quay and Boal Quay.

South Quay and Boal Quay are former industrial sites owned by us. They're in a prime location adjacent to the river and the historic area of the town.

Together these sites comprise approximately 8.7 hectares. Both sites are allocated for development in the Local Plan.

The sites at South Quay grain silos and the former Sommerfeld and Thomas are not included within this application. But they may be included in other future plans.

The development

Once developed, the combined site will comprise:

  • up to 436 homes
  • over 7500 sqm of commercial floor space
  • creation of a wetland habitat
  • flood defence improvements
  • a new pedestrian/cycle bridge, and
  • other drainage and infrastructure developments

Creating a high quality public space, which makes the most of the site’s historic setting and riverfront location, is a core element of the proposal.


The proposed development includes retention of the bus gate on Harding’s Way. A separate King’s Lynn wide transport study is underway, which is looking to tackle town-wide congestion and air quality.

This study may recommend changes to highways, which could affect Harding’s Way. However, this does not form part of the Nelson Quay planning application.

Boal Quay car park is a large public car park. A separate Parking Strategy is being developed for King’s Lynn as a whole, which will aim to identify a more suitable location for this car park. The proposed Nelson Quay scheme will include the option to retain public car parking on site if a suitable alternative is not identified.

Fishing co-operative

Nelson Quay is being designed to support the existing fishing co-operative, which is both a cultural and economic asset for the town.

Landscaping will be developed to ensure new homes do not impact upon the viability of these co-operatives.

Ecological impact

Ecological studies will be carried out on the site and will inform the Environmental Impact Assessment for the planning application.

Have your say

We asked for your views during our consultation which was open between 22 November and 6 December.

Our consultation is now closed.

Next steps

Once the consultation feedback has been considered, and where possible, used to inform any revisions to the proposed scheme, a planning application will be prepared. It's anticipated that the planning application will be submitted in February 2019.

The application is in two parts:

1. seeking full planning permission for infrastructure, and

2. outline planning permission to cover the parameters of the remaining built development

Subject to planning approval, construction work for the site infrastructure is due to start in 2020.

Partners and funding

We're working with Aecom, Bidwells and Graeme Massie Architects to develop these plans.

We're working with external funding bodies to secure funding for the infrastructure.

Exhibition boards

You can view our exhibition boards below.