LETTER - ‘More housing for Diss is utter madness’
We have recently moved to Walcot Green, Diss, half a mile from the proposed new development site.
The fact that this site is a designated north Norfolk council site for new home development is almost beyond belief. It appears that we now live in a world where the demand for housing driven from central government completely ignores common sense and current infrastructure.
We can’t find an NHS dentist and were told by a local dentist that central NHS will not allocate any more places. They are turning away many potential patients every week. The Diss doctors practice is at bursting point and it is difficult to secure a routine appointment at reasonable notice, and the Diss town centre car parks are always full.
The road from Walcot Green down to the proposed site is a disgrace, pot holes and laying water almost the entire length. It is not wide enough for two cars to pass safely.
There is no footpath and when walking along the road there seems to be more and more cars diverting this way to avoid the congested main Victoria Road. We take our life in our hands walking from our house in either direction.
It is unbelievable that a developer looks favourable to succeed with this planning application without any additional community facility expansion or road/footpath improvement to support the probable additional 450 people and 250 plus vehicles.
I understand the need for additional housing and am not against new building development. However, it should be an absolute that basic NHS, road and footpath infrastructure needs be improved prior to any commencing of building. Without such it can only be described as utter madness.