Controversial Diss housing bid to be decided

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

A controversial proposal to build 142 houses in Diss has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

A controversial proposal to build 142 houses in Diss has been recommended for approval by planning officers.

Persimmon Homes submitted a planning application to build the homes – which includes 48 affordable houses – on arable farmland to the north of Frenze Hall Lane.

The application has received widespread criticism from councillors and residents.

Diss Town Council have twice recommended to the planning authority, South Norfolk Council, to refuse the application – which Persimmon Homes had reviewed and resubmitted – after concerns over traffic and the town's infrastructure were not addressed.

The application has now received 95 letters of objection which included the scheme being over bearing, surface water drainage concerns and car lights shining into properties.

And last month a small group of residents decided to organise their own meeting to bring people together so concerns could be raised, collated and put forward to the council.

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More than 100 residents attended the meeting and raised concerns about whether local schools and health centres could cope with more people living in the town, and the effect of large numbers of construction traffic that would travel on roads which they felt were already overcrowded.

In the report, which will be discussed by South Norfolk Council's planning committee on Wednesday, March 30, planning officers said the application is on a site acceptable for development.

It said: 'It is considered that the proposals as amended, results in a scheme that delivers a high quality design and layout which is well considered for its rural edge location and relates satisfactory to its surroundings.

'The scheme provides for safe vehicular access arrangements and would safeguard the amenities of existing residents.'

The plans from the developer feature areas of amenity space and the introduction of residential courtyard areas to create community spaces.

There will also be open space and footpaths which will encourage movement through the development and Diss as a whole.

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