Plans to bring Park Radio to the airwaves full-time have taken a big step forward after planning consent was granted for transmitters in Diss and Harleston.
The radio station, awarded a five-year full-time broadcasting licence by regulator Ofcom last year, hopes to reach up to 50,000 listeners in south Norfolk and north Suffolk.
We are delighted to get permission for the two south Norfolk transmitters and we can now look to move ahead with the next step involved of getting our frequencies allocated by Ofcom
The main transmitter will be sited on a mast in Shelfanger Road behind the Diss Youth and Community Centre, where the station’s studios will be based, while in Harleston a small relay transmitter will be placed in Fuller Road at the town’s industrial estate. Proposals for a relay transmitter at Hartismere School in Eye will go before Mid Suffolk District Council planners shortly.
A Park Radio spokesperson said: “The three transmitters, to best serve all three towns, Diss, Harleston and Eye are needed to cover the station’s proposed coverage area, because local community radio stations, like ourselves, are restricted to low power output, much lower than for BBC or commercial local radio stations.
“We are delighted to get permission for the two south Norfolk transmitters and we can now look to move ahead with the next step involved of getting our frequencies allocated by Ofcom. This will take some time yet, but we are still looking to be on-air 24 hours a day in the coming months.”