• Vision King’s Lynn

Vision King’s Lynn


Town Investment Plan theme: Sustainably Connected Town

This project is focussed on protecting the past and investing in the future.

A partnership led by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk is reimagining the Southgates area.


The Southgates area is a strategic location for the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and a priority for the King’s Lynn Transport Strategy and the Town Investment Plan.

The vision for Southgates is to create an attractive and active gateway to King’s Lynn, which draws upon the rich past of the site in order to meet the needs of the present day, and optimise benefits for the town’s residents and visitors alike. The site’s heritage assets will be revealed and enhanced through sensitive retention and conversion where appropriate.

The Grade I listed South Gate will be the centrepiece to the area, retaining its historic function as the entrance to the town, with an improved setting that is no longer compromised by vehicle dominance. This will be aided by improvement and simplification of the road junction, delivered through the STARS project by Norfolk County Council, to ensure efficient movement of motorised vehicles alongside safe and convenient pedestrian and cyclist access, encouraging modal shift through connections to existing and future active travel routes surrounding the site.

Provision of significant areas of public realm and green space will offer opportunities for recreation and reflection, integrating with the existing offer within and beyond the site, and capitalising on connections to the River Nar. New development will place environmental sustainability at its heart, ensuring a high quality of amenity and addressing the challenges of flood risk and climate change.

New mixed-use development will provide high quality new homes for the community, together with commercial and retail uses which activate the area as a local destination, serve the needs of the town’s people, and complement both existing provision on London Road and planned development within the site’s surrounds.

The ambition is for all new development to create a first and lasting impression that is worthy of the town, its historic past and future needs.

This project is led by Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and further information is available on the Borough Council’s Southgates and King’s Lynn Transport Study and Strategy pages.


Project timeline to be added at a later date.



Project FAQ’s to be added at a later date.


Public consultation on the Masterplan took place 3-31 October 2022. A copy of the Consultation Report can be viewed here.

The consultation launched at 6pm on Monday 3 October with a presentation and Q&A session, chaired by Cllr Richard Blunt. A series of information boards were available to view at different locations in King’s Lynn and online during the consultation period.

The presentation can be viewed on the recording below: