Diss could be set for a jobs boost after detailed plans were submitted by a national chain for a new pub.

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Marston’s Inns and Taverns, which owns more than 2,000 public houses and restaurants across the country, has submitted plans for a “food focused pub” off the A1066 Park Road.

The proposals for a 180 seat restaurant and bar at the former Hamlin electronics factory, opposite Diss Park, comes after outline plans by Spen Hill Developments - the development arm of supermarket giant Tesco - for a 60 bedroom hotel and restaurant/pub were granted last summer.

The latest proposals, which have been submitted to South Norfolk Council, are for a 650sqm building with first floor staff accommodation and 66 car park spaces and ten cycle stands.

The entrance, off Park Road, will be shared with whoever builds the hotel at the rear of the 1.55ha brownfield site, next to Diss bus station.

In an application to the district council, the agent for Marston’s said the premises would be a “food-led public house” and “does not compete with more traditional town centre public houses.” The applicant adds that the proposals to build a coaching-inn style pub and restaurant would result in “significant job creation”.

The front of the site forms part of the Diss conservation area.

In a statement, a Marston’s spokesman said: “We have submitted an application for a food focused pub restaurant with approximately 180 covers. Subject to approvals this should open sometime next year.”

People have until September 20 to comment on the plans.

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