Diss Town Council has backed plans for pub giant J D Wetherspoons to open a premises in the town.
Planning permission for a new building in King’s Head Yard, off Mere Street and overlooking the Mere, was secured in 2013 by landowner Joe Darrell. Wetherspoons submitted fresh plans in July of this year to increase the floor space on the original application by 396 square metres, to a total floor space of 953 square metres.
Diss Town Council had initially recommended refusal on the plan in documents to South Norfolk Council.
They said while the extension of the floor space was acceptable in principle, it compromised the planning consent for the Mere boardwalk, as well as direct access to Hales Yard from Mere Street.
But, after town clerk Deborah Sarson met with representatives of Wetherspoons to address their concerns, the planning committee offered a recommendation of approval to the modified plans at Wednesday’s meeting.
Some have taken to the Diss Express Facebook page to have their say on the plans.
Laura Faulkner commented: “ I welcome something new for Diss. It will be great to have an affordable place to eat and have a drink. And wow, what a view it will be!”
But Steve Went said: “Come on Diss, have some imagination, you have the chance to build something special overlooking a fabulous landmark!”