An application to build a public house/restaurant on a main road running through Diss has been given the green light.
Submitted by Marston’s Inns and Taverns, the development will create 50 jobs and will be built on the former Hamlin factory site in Park Road.
South Norfolk Council’s planning committee unanimously backed the plan at a meeting on Wednesday, one year after councillors approved an outline planning scheme to build a 60-bedroom hotel and restaurant on the site.
The application for the restaurant has now been given full planning permission, but will not affect the back of the site where a hotel is likely to be built. Although councillors had no objections to the original proposal, the applicant was asked to give more thought to the appearance of the building and amended the plan to better reflect the character of Diss by using decorative barge boards and adding splayed eaves detail to the roof. The planning officer said he was confident that the changes would satisfy the concerns of English Heritage.
To avoid any detrimental impact on the protected trees to the front of the site, a small part of which is in the conservation area, the development has also been relocated further away from the road to the south of the site.
Speaking as Diss’ local member, Diss town and district councillor Tony Palmer, said: “I don’t think every public house in Diss supports this but