Former South Norfolk Tories headquarters in Diss to be turned into home
Grasmere, the former South Norfolk Conservative Association headquarters in Diss, will become a single home if new plans are approved.
Although once destined for redevelopment into flats, the Denmark Street property will now be saved and turned into a five-bedroom house.
The property was previously at the centre of a dispute between Conservative Association officials and the Grasmere Social Club.
Peace was reached when the social club was granted a tenancy, which runs out in December next year.
The association offices have now been moved to Long Stratton and the property was sold at auction earlier this year.
Plans for its conversion have been submitted by Icon Consulting of Hethel on behalf on Chris Burnard of Traditional English Properties.
In a planning assessment, Icon says the first and ground floors will become “conventional residential spaces” and the lower ground floor will become storage.
The assessment adds that the outside of the building will be unchanged and the seven parking spaces to the side will remain.
The grounds, which run down to Diss Mere, will become gardens for the proposed house.
In a comment on South Norfolk Council’s planning website “tentatively” supporting the change, neighbour Emma Bernard said she was “glad to see someone has the imagination to convert the existing building, which is of a similar mid-1960s period to my house, rather than flatten it and start again”.
“This will also retain the original foundation arches, which are much older and architecturally interesting,” she added.