An outline planning application for up to 90 new homes in Diss has been submitted to South Norfolk Council.
Lodged by farming services organisation Frontier Agriculture in December, it proposes to demolish the current buildings on the near ten acre site, in Sandy Lane, and secure permission for a developer to provide a new housing estate.
The site provides an excellent opportunity to deliver new housing development on a previously developed site which, in its current guise, detracts significantly from the local environmentPlanning documents on behalf of Frontier Agriculture
Vehicular access to the site would be from Sandy Lane currently used by Frontier Agriculture, towards the site’s southern boundary. It is also proposed to retain the existing access at the northern end of the site, for everyday use and emergency access.
As the plan is in outline only, matters including layout, scale, appearance and landscaping, are reserved for a future planning application. Frontier claim should they obtain permission, they will look to relocate the existing operation to a “more suitable” site within a 20-mile radius of Diss.
A screening opinion process was launched in 2015 on a tentative proposal to construct about 90 to 100 properties at the Diss premises, where it was determined that an environmental impact assessment (EIA) was not required.
At a Diss Town Council planning committee meeting in April, councillors unanimously agreed the development of land for more homes “would not benefit the town”.
In a statement prepared at the meeting, the council said: “Although it is appreciated this is a screening opinion in respect of environmental impact, the town council would like to register its objection to the principal of residential development on this site, on the basis it is unsustainable and would create an unacceptable additional stress on the highways network.”
In planning documents on behalf of the applicants, it is claimed they would aim to “promote the highest quality sustainable design, creating a place which is both safe and attractive and which enhances quality of life, health, and social well-being”.
It continues: “The site provides an excellent opportunity to deliver new housing development on a previously developed site which, in its current guise, detracts significantly from the local environment.
“The proposed redevelopment, to the contrary, offers the opportunity to integrate new homes and to significantly enhance the appearance of this part of the town.
“The site has no overriding environmental or physical constraints and provides the opportunity to establish a sustainable development which is both physically and visually well contained.”
South Norfolk Council is due to deliberate the fate of another planning application, a 142 homes plan for land north of Frenze Hall Lane — with Diss Town Council recommending refusal, citing the “significant” impact on the town’s roads.
The Frontier Agriculture application, 2015/2816, can be viewed online at www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/planning