Diss 142 homes bid recommended for refusal

Various location as around diss.town council officesPicture by: Sonya Duncan

Various location as around diss.town council officesPicture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A proposal to build up to 142 houses in Diss has been recommended for refusal after concerns about the impact of the town's infrastructure and road safety, were not addressed.

In November Persimmon Homes submitted a planning application to build the homes- which included 40 affordable houses - on arable farmland to the north of Frenze Hall Lane.

However this received widespread criticism from councillors and residents, including at least 60 letters of objection.

Earlier this month Diss Town Council recommend to the planning authority, South Norfolk Council, to refuse the application because of concerns over traffic.

The housing company submitted revised plans which featured additional areas of amenity space and the introduction of residential courtyard areas to create community spaces.

But in a meeting on Wednesday night, which was attended by more than 55 residents, members of the town council's planning committee said the concerns raised, including another access point to the development and reduction to the number of houses built, had not be reviewed.

At the meeting, councillor Mary Gibson addressed representatives from Persimmon Homes saying: 'It seems to me you didn't make any leeway to address the concerns the residents have.

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'I feel you could reduce the number of properties and build something to benefit the community and keep the people of Diss happy.'

Representatives from Persimmon Homes said the plans are under consultation so there may be 'minor amendments' but they had revised the plans to include a creation of a pedestrian link, traffic calming measures and a safe footway.

They added they would look to distribute the social housing around the development.

Trevor Wenman chairman of the planning committee said: 'We recommend refusal because of the concerns we raised in the first place have not been reviewed.'

The final decision on the application will be made by South Norfolk Council.