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Can Diss cope with new homes?

Land north of Frenze Hall Lane has a consultation event later this month for a development of 136 homes ANL-151006-144248009
Land north of Frenze Hall Lane has a consultation event later this month for a development of 136 homes ANL-151006-144248009

Another major housing development proposed for Diss is set to once again reignite the debate about the ability of the town’s infrastructure to cope.

Major house builder Persimmon Homes is hosting a consultation event on a planned 136 homes for a site north of Frenze Hall Lane, which is almost opposite the recently completed housing estate.

The town has well-documented concerns about pressure on places at schools, capacity at the health centre and the ability of the roads to cope, particularly on Victoria Road.

A consultation event is being held at the Diss Youth and Community Centre, in Shelfanger Road, on Tuesday, June 23, from noon to 6pm, led by Persimmon.

The company says the exhibition will give local residents the opportunity to ask questions of the development team, and to provide feedback which will influence the design process.

Tony Palmer, district councillor for the town, said: “It (the land) has always been sitting there as a potential housing site.

“There is a great need for new housing and associated infrastructure, but I sympathise with residents who have been enjoying the views at the back.”

Mr Palmer said the development would mean the developer would have to pay out an agreed sum of money to support infrastructure, and he said this could add weight to demands for an expanded health centre in the town. He said he would reserve judgement on the scheme itself until he had seen more detail.

Diss has already been earmarked for about 230 new homes in South Norfolk Council’s planning blueprint for the town, which runs to 2026. With new developments underway or recently completed this site is understood to all but complete the quota. The land was earmarked in the plan as a site for possible housing.

The site will sit next to existing homes in Falcon Avenue and Hawk Crescent. Persimmon states it will have a mix of one to five bedroom homes, which are “traditional in appearance” and will include a statutory 33 per cent affordable housing - about 45 homes. Full planning permission will be submitted in July.

A spokesman for Persimmon said: “Diss is a highly sustainable town and in recognition of this Diss has been identified with the Joint Core Strategy as suitable for accommodating 200 additional dwellings, which will contribute towards the continued vitality of Diss.”

“A successful planning application will be subject to the Community Infrastructure Levy, which is a contribution sought by the council for infrastructure necessary to support development.”

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