Diss link road bid receives council backing

Diss, Norfolk. Diss Train Station which has been award best for customer care on the Greater Anglia Network ENGANL00120130430165654
Diss, Norfolk. Diss Train Station which has been award best for customer care on the Greater Anglia Network ENGANL00120130430165654

A plan for a new 60-space car park at Diss Rail Station which could link two roads has moved a step closer after the town council backed the proposal.

A formal planning application has been lodged with South Norfolk Council for the coal yard, on land north of Nelson Road, to provide the additional parking which would include four disabled spaces. It would act as a link between Station Road and Nelson Road.

Diss Town Council’s planning committee met on Wednesday to discuss the proposal, recommending approval, but members added a recommendation that they would like to see a pedestrian footpath included in the plans.

Norfolk County Councillor for Diss, Jenny Chamberlin, who was at the meeting, said: “The expectation will be that pedestrians will be able to access the railway station through it, and therefore there ought to be a demarked footpath through the middle of it.

“It (the car park) will be used as a footpath and everybody needs to recognise that.”

A further condition was added, with Mrs Chamberlin saying the applicant should engage with other bodies including Norfolk County Council, South Norfolk Council, and the Diss Railway Group, so it could be carried out “in conjunction with other car parks and consultees”.

Cllr Mary Gibson, vice chairman of the committee, expressed some concern with the current proposal allowing access and exit from both Nelson Road and Station Road.

“I agree with the whole principle of the application but I just think they need to fine tune the entry and exits, and think about what is going on in that car park, especially if they are going to have a footpath with people walking through,” she said.

Speaking to the Diss Express earlier this month, Diss district councillor Tony Palmer, who is also the chairman of the Diss Rail Group, said if approved, the plan could open up “some exciting possibilities” for the town.

He said the car park would benefit rail passengers, road users, and Nelson Road residents, should the application get the green light.

n The application, 2015/1385, can be viewed online on the South Norfolk Council Planning Portal at info.south-norfolk.gov.uk/online-applications

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