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'We just feel very let down' - residents' dismay over housing development works

PUBLISHED: 10:37 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 01 February 2018

Road closures near the Frenze Hall Lane development. Picture: Sabrina Johnson

Road closures near the Frenze Hall Lane development. Picture: Sabrina Johnson

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Residents living near a new 136-home development say they feel "let down" by a developer after claiming the builder has not followed agreed planning conditions.

Work taking place on the Frenze Hall road development. Picture:Sabrina JohnsonWork taking place on the Frenze Hall road development. Picture:Sabrina Johnson

Residents fought hard to influence the design and layout of the Frenze Hall Lane housing development in Diss.

But they said that the developer, Persimmon Homes, has not followed the agreed planning conditions for construction traffic to avoid using roads during school run times and water drainage work to be carried out to prevent flooding.

Planners also asked that no trees or hedges would be removed without the written approval of South Norfolk Council (SNC).

Residents claimed hedgerows have been removed.

Persimmon Homes said the planning permission included a requirement to remove part of the hedge but that it has agreed no more hedges will be removed without prior agreement.

Eric Taylor, of Peregrine Close, Diss, said: “It’s just terrible that they would put children’s lives at risk, that they would run tipper trucks down Skelton Road during school run times.

“There was a clear planning agreement, it’s been totally ignored. It’s a shame really because we worked so hard.

“At the end of the day both the council and the developer will just go ahead. We just feel very let down by the whole thing.”

A spokesman for Persimmon Homes Anglia said: “The planning permission includes a requirement to remove part of the hedge to form the access and visibility splays.

“Following concerns raised by members of the public, we are liaising with the council and can confirm no further hedge will be removed without written agreement.”

In a statement, SNC said: “Persimmon started works at the site at Frenze Hall Lane prior to formally approving a construction management plan.

“South Norfolk Council is working with Persimmon, in consultation with Norfolk County Council, to achieve a satisfactory plan, which would then remain in place for the entire construction period.

“No formal enforcement action has been taken, although we continue to monitor the situation.”

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