Town council opposes altered Diss homes plan

Civic leaders have aired their opposition to amended plans for a major housing development on the edge of Diss.

National house builder Persimmon Homes has altered its scheme for 120 homes on land off Frenze Hall Lane in a bid to overcome objections.

But members of a Diss Town Council planning committee voted to oppose the proposals at a meeting on Wednesday night.

Town leaders are against the plans, which if approved by South Norfolk Council, would dash hopes of opening up the top of Vince's Road as a link road to relieve traffic on the congested A1066 Victoria Road.

The amended plans, which includes a new layout to set back the development from Frenze Hall Lane, still includes a controversial access road through Sycamore Way.

Deborah Sarson, town clerk, said the altered scheme was an improvement on Persimmon's previous plans, but were still an 'overdevelopment' of a greenfield site and the quality of design was 'poor'.

She added that the planning committee deemed that the proposals did not add to the character of the town and the access arrangements off the narrow Frenze Hall Lane were inappropriate.