The final stage of a major affordable housing scheme in a Norfolk town has been given the go-ahead.

West Norfolk councillors have agreed to push forward with the Valentine Park development to deliver 96 homes, constructed by Lovell Partnership Ltd at the site near the Lynnsport leisure centre.

It is the final project which has been several years in the running to build more affordable homes in King's Lynn on land the council has owned for more than 70 years.

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But the scheme is facing rising costs and the budget required has since grown by more than £3m, from £20,816 to £24.38m.

This is due to 40pc inflation on building costs and the need to spend £3.2m on ground stabilisation and earthworks at the site, according to a council report.

The scheme will deliver 14 affordable homes, split between discounted properties and shared ownership options and 19 homes for private rental, which will be acquired by the council's wholly-owned companies, West Norfolk Housing Company and West Norfolk Property Ltd.

The remaining 63 homes will be available to buy on the open market.