An abandoned development site in the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area in King's Lynn was today proposed as a new Millennium Community.
The proposal, subject to the backing of local residents, was launched by English Partnerships and King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council ahead of the community consultation scheme.
The community proposal seeks to transform the site into a mixed-use development containing a business park, mixed tenure housing, shops, hotels and improved roads and public transport.
Deputy prime minister John Prescott said the plans offered the environmental, economic, physical and social benefits that a Millennium Community brought to an area. 'The communities will be the pioneers for the sustainable development we want to see in the future - mixing housing and community facilities, with shops and workspaces with excellent transport links, ' Prescott said.
'They harness the latest innovations in building and energy efficiency technology and incorporate challenging environmental and ecological strategies. They provide sustainable jobs, education and training for local people.'
English Partnerships' planning and regeneration director Mike Appleton said the views of the local residents would be a key part of the process in the planning for the community. 'If the community endorses the Millennium Community concept, then we believe it will help secure lasting benefits for the town of King's Lynn as part of the wider regeneration of the Nar Ouse area, 'Appleton said.
The proposal was also expected to help King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council achieve a high-quality sustainable development on a brownfield site.
Councillor Irene Macdonald said: 'The creation of new houses, jobs, open space and community facilities embracing best practice on the use of energy and other natural resources will help ensure a better quality of life for the people of South Lynn and boost King's Lynn and West Norfolk as a whole.'
Architects have yet to be appointed.