Information about proposed major highways and public realm improvements and opening up the historic South Gate as a major asset for the town.
The Southgates area is a strategic location for us and a priority for the King’s Lynn Transport Strategy and the Town Investment Plan.
Both of these identify the potential to create an attractive and active entrance into King’s Lynn by delivering major highways and public realm improvements and opening up the historic South Gate as a major asset for the town.
Over recent years the council has progressed a series of feasibility studies exploring the potential for road diversion around the South Gate. The proposed masterplan will seek to draw on and learn from this evidence base but will also take its own approach, putting the task of ‘placemaking’ at its heart.
This is the right time to take on such a task. Changing patterns of living and working, the urgent need to tackle the climate crisis, and the Government’s ambition to ‘Level Up’ the UK create a clear mandate for interventions which deliver active travel, heritage and sustainability improvements, strengthen the identity of the town, and offer benefits for residents and visitors alike.
A new masterplan for the area has been devised in consultation with local groups and residents living in the immediate vicinity of the area. This masterplan sets out a vision for what future development at Southgates should try to achieve.
It suggests opportunities for highways, heritage and urban design improvements that will sustain long-term economic activity and create an attractive and active gateway to King’s Lynn.
A public consultation on the masterplan was held from 3 to 31 October 2022.
The consultation launched with a presentation and Q&A session, chaired by Cllr Richard Blunt.
The presentation can be viewed on the following recording:
The results of the public consultation can be seen below.