LETTER - ‘More detail needed on Diss development pros and cons’
I would like to address W C Turner’s letter (January 22).
I do agree that the Diss infrastructure is insufficient for the population like in many towns, but I would however like to refer to the comment about developers paying for facilities.
They do, it is called section 106, and it is paid to the council (in addition to the cost of the development land), the developer pays for each development they build from a few thousand upwards for each house. This money is for infrastructure in the community. On a large project of 90 houses that were turned down, that is a lot of money.
In addition to that, all new houses, large or small, have to be built to the same latest building regulations which now include high density insulation in all areas of the building from floor walls and loft and eco friendly heating such as air source heat pumps and are subjected to an air test which they must pass before sale.
This is all cost which older properties were not subject to and it makes affordable housing difficult to achieve due to the cost of these extra additions.
However, this is good for the environment and for houses costing less in energy bills which is something the young families with rising cost of living are looking for.
Maybe the pros and cons should be looked into in more detail and more facts should be available to reach a decision that is right for the community