Controversial retail units bid in Diss is refused

Thatcher's Needle on Park Road in Diss

Thatcher's Needle on Park Road in Diss - Credit: Archant

Traders in Diss are celebrating after a controversial bid to build retail units in the town, which it was feared would be detrimental to small businesses, was refused.

Marston's lodged a planning application to build four retail units and 189 car parking spaces on land behind the Thatcher's Needle pub on Park Road.

Diss is known for its small and independent shops and both traders and Diss Town councillors expressed their concerns and objections at South Norfolk Council's planning meeting today.

At the meeting, Graham Minshull, Diss Town councillor, said: 'I remember when the supermarkets came to town. We lost three butchers, a fish mongers, four florists and wine and spirit shops in a couple of years. Quite rightly the local traders are concerned.'

A majority of the planning committee voted in favour to refuse the application, many citing the design of the units did not suit the town and the harm it could bring on the town's businesses.

An agent on behalf of the applicant told the committee there was no evidence the retail units will have any effect on the town.

What are your thoughts on the application being refused? Email or call Rebecca on 01378 651176

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