Concerned Diss residents outnumbered the town’s planning committee by three-to-one at a recent meeting in response to a two-home application in the town.
Danny Ward Builders has lodged a planning application with South Norfolk Council to build two one-storey bungalows on land north of 14 and 16 Roydon Road.
About a dozen concerned residents of nearby roads expressed their fears at the meeting, ranging from lack of privacy, devaluation of homes, access, trees close to the prosed application location which have protection orders, and the possibility that bats and newts could be affected.
Megan O’Connell of Hall Hills, told the committee of their “well-founded concern”, but felt as if they were fighting “a lost cause.”
“It is only a small piece of land we are fighting for, but it is far more than that to our neighbourhood,” she said. “It would completely disrupt the lives of many people.
“We all feel for no good reason, except financially, a little piece of land will be taken over by buildings.
“There are plenty for bungalows for sale in the area. Apart from the disruption of a building site, it will make our homes less secure as there is to be a road from Roydon Road to the back of the houses on one side of Hall Hills, making the backs of our homes vulnerable to break-ins.”
An architect representing the applicant said the site was “clearly sustainable” due to its location close to the town, and argued the access would not cause disruption to the main road.
“It makes good use of a resource that it not used by anybody,” he said.
Ultimately, the planning committee recommended approval of the plans, but did attach a number of conditions.
They said the application would be “reasonable” subject to a wildlife survey being carried out, maintenance of existing hedges, adequate root protection measures for a nearby oak tree, and a response from the Norfolk County Council Highways department.
They added they felt it was not appropriate for a delegated decision by officers at South Norfolk Council, due to the number of objections.
The application, 2015/1642, can be viewed online at www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/planning