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Objections lodged over plan for 94 homes in Diss

Plans for 94 new homes in Diss have met with objection from councillors and residents.

A developer wants to build the homes on land north of Walcot Rise. The outline application has so far met with 18 objections from neighbours and, on Wednesday, town councillors decided to object to the scheme, which they deemed speculative.

The applicant argues South Norfolk Council does not have a five-year housing land supply, so the development should be allowed.

Diss (3281434)
Diss (3281434)

The district council, however, disputes this, saying it published an updated land supply position in April.

Town council planning chairman Eric Taylor pointed out that the development is also contrary to the emerging Greater Norwich Local Plan and the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan, which is being completed. Five residents from the location attended the meeting to put their objections forward.

Concerns were raised by councillors that the homes were being marketed in London without regard for the local infrastructure.

Cllr Simon Olander
Cllr Simon Olander

“We have seen this many times with developers marketing the homes on billboards in Liverpool Street station, for example, or in Essex, and selling them as being in one of the top 10 towns in which people want to live, and on a main line to London,” said council leader Simon Olander.

Fellow councillor Adrian Kitchen said he felt that Diss was “becoming further away from London” as, although new trains were being put in place, they were slower.

Objections from the public centre on road safety, heritage, impact on amenities, such as schools and doctors surgeries, and the siting of the development close to Walcot Hall nursing home.

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Resident Jaqueline Young, told the meeting: “We already have 136 homes being built nearby and Diss has had more than its fair share of new homes already. The town will not be able to cope with more.”

After some discussion, the town council agreed to object to South Norfolk Council – the planning authority – on the grounds of insufficient infrastructure and that the site has been earmarked as a possible location for a new infant or junior school.

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