Plans submitted to convert restaurant into a family home

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A fine-dining restaurant in an historic part of Diss could become a four-bedroomed house if plans to change the use are approved.

A planning application has been submitted to South Norfolk Council to turn the Fayre View restaurant, which occupies a Grade II listed building, into a residence.

The restaurant, run by chef-proprietor Chris Gissing since 2003, is currently closed due to illness and, according to an answer phone message, not taking bookings.

The planning application is for a change of use, listed building consent, the demolition of a modern conservatory to make room for a patio or garden and internal alterations to open up a wall between the kitchen and current dining room to create a kitchen/family room.

The application states that the importance of the building is appreciated and its appearance would not be altered in any way.

Fayre View overlooks Fair Green and in the past accommodated a post office.

Papers submitted with the planning application say that the restaurant, which employs four part-time staff, has been up for sale but there has been little interest.

South Norfolk Council has not yet reached a decision on the plans, a spokesman said this week.

Mr Gissing did not wish to comment on the proposed plans.