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Number of objections to 142 homes plan in Diss

Land north of Frenza Hall Lane
Land north of Frenza Hall Lane

A planning application seeking approval for 142 new homes in Diss has received objections from concerned residents.

The plans, to be called Manor Gardens and submitted by Persimmon Homes for land north of Frenze Hall Lane, would see 47 dwellings provide affordable housing, as well as a change of use of the land, from agricultural to residential.

The outcome is a highly sustainable form of development on a site located within the sustainable town of Diss
Planning documents from Persimmon Homes

There would be two access points — from Falcon Avenue and Frenze Hall Lane — while car parking would also be included.

But all 17 public comments received on the application on the South Norfolk Council planning portal object to the proposal.

Concerns raised by residents include an increase in traffic on Frenze Hall Lane, lack of infrastructure in the town to support the development and privacy being reduced for existing residents.

One Frenze Hall Lane resident commented on the application: “I would suggest that the construction of a new development would cause significant disruption to what is an already busy area and a town that is already placed under enormous pressure to provide for its current population.”

A Falcon Avenue resident added: “This site should not be built because it will make things much worse for the people who already live in Diss as the town is already overcrowded on the roads and amenities.”

Keith Kiddie, former town mayor and current district councillor, wrote to a planning officer at South Norfolk Council last month stating: “Please do not think I am against development, but Diss has now reached a scale/size that cannot be realistically increased unless there is some provision for the basic needs of the population.”

In documents to South Norfolk Council, Persimmon Homes claim in their design and access statement: “The proposal of Manor Gardens meets the identified housing needs of the community, providing a wide choice of high quality homes, widen opportunities for home ownership and the creation of a sustainable, inclusive and mixed community.

“The proposal has been designed to respect the surrounding environs and safeguards the neighbouring residential amenity.

“The outcome is a highly sustainable form of development on a site located within the sustainable town of Diss.”

Diss Town Council is set to offer their response to the application at a planning meeting scheduled for December 9.

The application, 2015/2496, can be viewed online at www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/planning

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