Application to build more than 100 homes in Diss has been recommended for refusal

Land between Frenze Hall Lane and Walcott Green in Diss which is proposed for development.

Land between Frenze Hall Lane and Walcott Green in Diss which is proposed for development. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

An application to build 136 homes in Diss has been rejected by the town council.

At a meeting held at the Diss Community Centre tonight (Wednesday) the revised bid to build homes on land off Frenze Hall Lane was recommended for refusal on the grounds of density, parking and concerns over flooding and highways.

The original bid was rejected by South Norfolk Council in March on the grounds of poor design, and the form, bulk and massing of the plots.

The revised plans saw a reduction in the number of houses, by six, and the distribution of affordable homes throughout the development.

But tonight (Wednesday) councillors raised concerns over the lack of parking spaces for the number of houses.

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They also discussed the issue of surface water on Frenze Hall Lane and the fact a lagoon added by Persimmon Homes, which will be situated at the south of the housing development, appears small and inadequate to cope with water volume.

Joyce Thomas, who is a member of the resident group set up to object the original application, said she could not believe the council did not approve the application.

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She said: 'I am absolutely amazed. As a group we were happy for it to go through. Persimmon have worked with us as a group and a community. These new plans are much better.'

The application will be discussed by South Norfolk Council next month.

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