A group of four new homes in Diss intending to provide affordable rented accommodation has been given the green light, despite objections from several residents living nearby.
The application for three one-bedroom houses and one two-bedroom property, submitted by social homes provider Saffron Housing, obtained planning permission from South Norfolk Council last month for a garage site off Cotman Close, subject to conditions.
A statement from Saffron Housing read: “We feel residential accommodation would be more suitable as the site is a barren area occupied by garages which are not fully utilised.”
But a number of residents submitted comments to the district council in opposition of the plans, citing concerns such as the impact the development would have on local infrastructure, as well as the loss of the garage facility and its associated parking.
One consultee, a resident of Stanley Road, said: “We do not believe this will benefit the area as parking is already an issue. Also, it will be intrusive to have more houses so close to our property.”
However, the South Norfolk planning officer overseeing the application concluded the impacts on the area were “acceptable” and stated the proposal fell in line with the emerging Development Plan for Diss and the surrounding area.