Homes fears raised by Diss Town Council and residents

Keith Kiddie has raised concerns over the scheme

Keith Kiddie has raised concerns over the scheme - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A planning application to build more than 140 homes in Diss has met opposition in the shape of concerned town councillors.

Diss Town Council has raised its objections to Persimmons Homes bid to construct 142 homes on arable farmland to the north of Frenze Hall Lane.

The council has recommend that the planning authority, South Norfolk Council, refuse the scheme, which includes 47 affordable homes by rasing concerns over traffic and pressure on the town's infrastructure.

As well as recommending refusal the town council says it would like to set up a public meeting with Persimmon Homes and other interested parties.

The planning application has seen more than 20 letters of objection.

Included in the comments sent into the council is one from district and town councillor and former Diss mayor Keith Kiddie.

His statement said residents were concerned about school and health requirement provision.

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It said: 'This has generated such interest/angst/opposition amongst our local residents, that I must insist that this goes before the full planning committee.

'Please do not think I am against development, but Diss has now reached a scale/size that cannot be realistically increased unless there is some provision for the basic needs of the population.'

In a letter of objection Brian Horner, of Peregrine Close, said Frenze Hall Lane is 'an accident waiting to happen', while Ross and Kelly Floyd, of Frenze Hall Lane, said 'the construction of a new development would cause significant disruption to what is an already busy area and a town that is already placed under enormous pressure to provide for its current population'.

Persimmon Homes has presented its plans at a meeting of Diss Town Council, held a public exhibition in June and met with Diss Medical Practice.

In a planning statement Persimmon Homes said: 'The proposal of Manor Gardens meets the identified housing needs of the community, providing a wide choice of high quality homes, widen opportunities for home ownership and the creation of a sustainable, inclusive and mixed community.

'The proposal has been designed to respect the surrounding environs and safeguards the neighbouring residential amenity.'