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Nelson Quay

Find out about the delivery plan that aims to maximise the potential of the riverfront area in King's Lynn

An artist impression of the planned regeneration area in King's Lynn

King’s Lynn Riverfront

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.

We commissioned the specialist development and regeneration consultancy Urban Delivery to prepare a delivery plan in 2016. The plan aims to maximise the potential of the riverfront area in King's Lynn. The masterplan for the scheme shows predominantly residential development with an element of retail and commercial development, including a boutique hotel. The final delivery plan was formally adopted by the Council in 2017.

In total, 41,329sqm (436 homes) and 7,659 sqm of commercial space have been outlined within the masterplan.

This development will complement existing quayside attractions, which include:

  • pleasure-boat moorings on the pontoons
  • a series of bars and restaurants
  • a hotel
  • the iconic Custom House

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. This includes infrastructure that will serve the town and the development including:

  • improved flood defences
  • extension of public realm from South Quay to the Fishing Cooperative, including improved pedestrian and cycle links along the England Coast Path
  • utilising existing ‘Nar Loop’ to improve the ecology and biodiversity of the area through creation of a Wetland Habitat; improving accessibility for use as a valuable green space in the town, supporting wider environmental and climate change objectives

We've already invested approximately £5m in:

  • land assembly
  • land clearance
  • road infrastructure
  • transport improvements


The proposed development includes retention of the bus gate on Harding's Way.

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 an Environmental Impact Assessment for any future planning application.


Whilst developing the project, we ran a consultation in 2018 to allow for comments on the proposal. You can view the exhibition boards we made available during the consultation, in the document download box below.

You can also view our public consultation report, and our final delivery plan using the button below:

View final delivery plan

Exhibition boards

You can view our exhibition boards using the button below:

View the consultation exhibition boards

Next steps

The riverfront area has been prioritised for investment under the King’s Lynn Town Deal. The Towns Fund investment will focus on the Kings Staithe Square, Custom House and South Quay area of the riverfront as a first phase of regeneration to this important area of town. For more information, please visit the Vision King’s Lynn website.

Further information

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