Diss residents’ joy as two home plan is rejected

A planning application for two homes in Roydon Road has been rejected . ANL-150826-164535009
A planning application for two homes in Roydon Road has been rejected . ANL-150826-164535009
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A planning application to build two new homes in Diss which attracted a number of objections from nearby residents has been turned down.

Danny Ward Builders lodged the application with South Norfolk Council to build two one-storey bungalows on land north of 14 and 16 Roydon Road.

If you feel badly enough about something, then get together and make a noise

Megan O’Connell

And about a dozen concerned residents attended a Diss Town Council planning committee meeting in August to make their concerns known.

These ranged from a lack of privacy, a devaluation of their homes, access, and the possibility bats could be affected.

But the application was rejected, with the district authority saying it would be a “cramped layout, have “adverse social and environmental impacts”, and was not sustainable.

Megan O’Connell, of nearby Hall Hills, objected to the plans.

She told the Diss Express: “My reaction is absolute relief, not only for me but for the people in Bramley Road and Hall Hills.

“I’m overjoyed that there are so many of us now that won’t have the worry.

“If you feel badly enough about something, then get together and make a noise.”

Diss Town Council’s planning committee had recommended approval of the plans, subject to a number of conditions.

Diss is currently the subject of two large housing proposals — a 142 homes plan for land north of Frenze Hall Lane, while Frontier Agriculture have submitted an outline application to build up to 90 dwellings in Sandy Lane.

Both are yet to be decided on by South Norfolk Council.