Closed Diss pub to become flats

Diss, Norfolk. The Crown Pub in Diss
Diss, Norfolk. The Crown Pub in Diss

Proposals to convert a former Diss pub into flats and a retail unit have been given the green light by planners.

South Norfolk Council approved the proposed changes at The Crown, at the top of St Nicholas Street, which had a string of tenants in recent years before closing as a pub around 18 months ago, since when it has largely been boarded up.

The regeneration of the building by Harry Bowden would see it converted into three self-contained flats, with a ground floor retail unit on the roadside frontage of the building. The ground floor flat will be two-bedroomed with a small garden area, while the two upstairs flats will have one bedroom each.

Concerns were expressed by Diss Town Council over retail deliveries to the retail unit on what is a busy junction and planners stipulated the onsite parking and turning area should be in place prior to occupation for highway safety.