BREAKING: Screwfix could be coming to Diss as planning bid lodged
Up to 12 new jobs could be created after another national chain lodged a planning application with a view to opening in Diss.
Screwfix, which attracts 2.2 million unique visitors per week across the country, has lodged a change of use application for a business unit in Vinces Road.
Of the new jobs created, four would be full-time positions, while it would be open 7am-8pm Monday to Friday, 7am-6pm on Saturdays and 10am-4pm on Sundays.
In planning documents on behalf of Screwfix to South Norfolk Council, it is claimed: “Screwfix Direct Limited would make a positive contribution to the commercial and community life of the area providing essential trade counter services to local businesses including plumbers, electricians, builders and facilities departments to large organisations.”
Diss Town Council has recommended approval of the plan, although concern has been raised about an increase in traffic.
Graham Minshull, Diss Town Council Leader, said the prospect of Screwfix opening in Diss was “good news” for the town and did not believe it would contribute too much on the Vinces Road traffic.
He said businesses showing an interest in the town was positive — so long as they were in the “right area” of Diss.
“Interestingly, when you look at it, builders tend to get there deliveries between 7am and 10am for what they require, so I don’t think that would impact much on the traffic in Vinces Road,” he said.
It is thought the new development could generate one trip every ten minutes during the morning and evening peak periods.
Twelve car parking spaces would also be provided.
A spokesperson for Screfix said: “We’re always looking for opportunities to continue to expand our store network and are looking to open more stores in Norfolk. As discussions are ongoing, we’re unable to comment further at this time.”
A bid for money is currently with the Local Enterprise Fund in an attempt to improve Vinces Road from Diss Town Council. In July the council agreed upon a two-lane approach from Vinces Road and a larger mini roundabout to cut waiting times — which has the support of Norfolk County Council’s Highways department — but could cost an estimated £500,000.
Rumours circulated in the town in September of a Screwfix store when Marston’s applied for permission to build four non-food retail units behind the Thatchers Needle Pub.
A spokesperson said at the time there were “no plans” to open a premises in Diss, but said they were hoping to expand their network by 200 stores and Diss could be considered as a “potential area”.