We are working alongside Freebridge and those living and working in the area of Hillington Square, a large, 319-home estate with significant social issues, to forge a thriving community fit for 21st Century life. We want this largely unloved and tatty development to finally meet the residents' needs and make a real, positive difference to the local area. At the end of the day, it's not enough that we're happy with our work; we want the people of King's Lynn to feel proud of Hillington Square and have an excellent quality of life – one that's clean, safe and green.
So, how are we achieving that pledge? In a variety of ways, in fact. We're building modern and bright complexes, upgrading 302 flats with new kitchens and bathrooms, then demolishing the remaining 17 to make way for a complete remodel of the external layout (including the re-introduction of streets), which will integrate Hillington Square with the rest of King's Lynn and give the site a more open, welcoming atmosphere. We're also turning our hands to landscaping, with communal gardens, an equipped play area, raised beds for vegetable plots, and we're getting rid of privacy-invading passageways and surplus garages. Read on to discover all that we've got up our sleeves for this £30m regeneration.
The Council's planning chairman, Vivienne Spikings, raves about the first phase, which is now complete: “For me, it puts the ‘king’ back into King’s Lynn – it is a king compared to what we have now.”
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