Diss residents’ bid to shape Frenze Hall Lane housing development

The new proposed layout for a 136 homes plan in Frenze Hall Lane, Diss. ANL-160706-143856001
The new proposed layout for a 136 homes plan in Frenze Hall Lane, Diss. ANL-160706-143856001

There were at least 100 people at a meeting with a major developer over its proposals for a new housing estate in Diss.

Persimmon Homes had a 142 homes proposal turned down by South Norfolk Council in March, for land north of Frenze Hall Lane. Concerns over the application, which was recommended for refusal by Diss Town Council, were mainly based on whether the town’s infrastructure could cope.

Many of the core aims of the group will hopefully be achieved and the residents will continue to work with the town council in formation of their ongoing neighbourhood plan

Nick Woods

But the developer said they went away and took on board those concerns, presenting their new layout to the public at DC3 in Diss last Tuesday, ahead of submitting a planning application. They said they worked with a residents group, Diss Town Council, South Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council.

The meeting, also last Tuesday, was attended by councillors and council officers as well as the public. Pressure group Diss-Organised was there, which is aiming to help get the best possible results for residents from large-scale developments.

Nick Woods, from the group, said after the meeting, which he called “constructive”: “Many of the core aims of the group will hopefully be achieved and the residents will continue to work with the town council in formation of their ongoing neighbourhood plan which will identify areas in Diss that could be suitable and allocated for development in the future.”

The new proposal includes a reduction in the number of homes from 142 to 136, an additional 50 car parking spaces, distribution of affordable housing around the site, and access to Falcon Avenue for pedestrians, cycles and emergency vehicle only.

A spokesman for Persimmon said: “The revised layout looks to address concerns as expressed when the original application was refused.

“Following meetings with the town council and the Diss residents group and a public meeting we are considering further amendments, where appropriate, prior to submission of a new application in two to three weeks’ time.

People can make their comments on the plans by emailing Persimmon at anglconsultation@persimmonhomes.com by June 21.

The principle of homes on the site has been established by the adoption of the Local Plan by South Norfolk Council, which Diss Town Council objected to in consultations in 2012, 2013, and to the Planning Inspector in 2014/15.