Old Diss gasworks to be decontaminated

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A former Diss gasworks could soon become the site of a regeneration scheme, provided that planning is approved by the council.

The small plot of land in Bellacre Close, Diss, currently contains old underground structures – such as pipes and building foundations – as well as some contaminated soil.

As a result of this, National Grid, which owns the site, will soon be submitting a planning application to South Norfolk Council to ‘environmentally improve’ the area.

This will involve removing and treating materials in the ground associated with the site’s former use as a gasworks.

Matthew Pearce, Land Regeneration Manager at National Grid, said: “This site presents a real opportunity for brownfield regeneration in a central location in Diss. Once our work is complete, the site will be made available to the open market.”

If approved, work is expected to begin in the Autumn and will last for around six weeks.

National Grid said they will aim to minimise disruption, although immediate neighbours to the site may experience some noise or odour.

They added that most materials will be treated on site, reducing the need for frequent lorry movements.

The site was originally opened in 1864 as a gasworks for the Diss Gas Light and Coke Company. Gas production continued there until the 1960s-70s, when North Sea gas became more readily available.

Anybody wishing for further information on the proposed work can call the National Grid’s community relations team on 0800 073 1047