Plans to build homes on former Cartco Transport depot in Diss approved
Plans to build homes on the site of a former transport depot have been approved despite councillors' concerns about overcrowding, a lack of parking, flooding and poor access for vehicles.
South Norfolk Council's planning committee agreed to Lexham Property Management's outline proposal to build houses at a density of between 15 and 25 per hectare on the former Cartco Transport Depot in Victoria Road, Diss, despite objections from town councillors.
Town and district councillor Tony Palmer told the meeting on Wednesday that there were concerns about a lack of open space for children to play in and the current entrance straight onto Victoria Road would add to existing congestion at peak times.
The risk of flooding from the Frenze Beck wetland nature reserve on the River Frenze was also raised, while traffic coming into the town on the A1066 experienced restricted vision on the road bend where the entrance to the site was.
However, Christopher Kemp, who supported the plans, said the housing was also within five minutes walking distance of a mainline railway station and there were few places within the county that could make such a claim.
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The 0.8 hectare site, used as a transport depot in the 1990s, has a two storey office block, commercial shed and has been hard-surfaced.
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