Fresh plans for Diss greenfield site

A national house builder has submitted fresh plans for a 120 home development on the edge of Diss after district councillors rejected a similar scheme last year.

South Norfolk councillors refused proposals for a Persimmon Homes project off Frenze Hall Lane in November following concerns about its poor design and high density.

The house builder has now submitted new plans that still includes 120 houses and flats on the 4.8ha (11 acres) greenfield site.

The planning application was registered at South Norfolk Council on December 20 and people have until January 25 to respond to the new proposals.

In a letter to the district council, Rob Snowling, agent for Persimmon, said the new scheme aimed to improve the design and resolve the objections from members over the clustering of all of the development's affordable housing on the edge of the site next to the railway line.

He added that the appearance of the proposed buildings had been revised to provide 'better proportioned elevations' and the location of the 30 affordable homes had also been moved.

District and town councillors described the previous plans as 'uninspiring' and a 'mish mash' at November's planning meeting.

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If approved, the development would block off any hopes of a link road between Vinces Road and Frenze Hall Lane, which campaigners say would relieve traffic on the A1066 Victoria Road.