Trust raises concerns over firm’s appeal against rejected Diss retail unit bid

Thatcher's Needle on Park Road in Diss

Thatcher's Needle on Park Road in Diss - Credit: Archant

A trust set up to boost Diss has submitted a report which expresses its concerns after a pub chain business appealed its rejected plans to build retail units.

In the document, the Diss Heritage Triangle Trust - which was formed to improve and revitalise parts of a market town raised their fears after pub business Marston's appealed a refusal process on its bid to build four non-food retail units behind the Thatcher's Needle pub, on Park Road.

The trust have said they believe the retail units would cause visitors to stay out of the town centre.

In March the original bid was rejected by a majority of South Norfolk Council's planning committee because of the design of the units did not suit the town and the mentioned the harm it could bring on the town's businesses.

The Diss Heritage Triangle Trust report states the design of the buildings are 'little more than standard warehouses in appearance'.

It added: 'They add no design quality to Diss and create no special sense of place. They sit uneasily with the traditional building forms of the East Anglian market town.'

In a design and access statement, submitted on behalf of Marston's, it states the buildings were designed with the objective to be 'contemporary' and 'complementary to the locality'.

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And the company's report states the units would be situated in a 'sustainable location for retail provision'.

A date has not yet been set for the planning appeal, It will be heard by an appointed inspector.

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