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Work to build a new JD Wetherspoon pub next to Diss Mere is unlikely to start this year, with the pub chain saying it is looking at costs.

Car parking area behind the buildings of Mere Street in Diss.
Car parking area behind the buildings of Mere Street in Diss.

The pub giant had intended to start work on the new pub, off Mere Street, before the end of 2017, with the £2.7 million project scheduled for completion in 2018.

The striking two-storey pub and restaurant featured a modern curved building with a mezzanine level and balcony, with views across the water.

It also included be a beer garden.

However, revised plans to alter the construction of the foundations of the building have now been submitted to South Norfolk Council.

What the new pub could look like.
What the new pub could look like.

A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon said this week: “We are still working on Diss costs and agreeing boundaries, so there are no concrete dates yet.

“We are still very keen to open a Wetherspoon pub in the town.”

Planning permission for a restaurant and bar at the site had initially been secured by landowner Joe Darrell in 2012.

His family company subsequently agreed a long-term lease for the land to JD Wetherspoon.

South Norfolk Council subsequently approved plans for a new pub in July 2015.

Car parking area behind the buildings of Mere Street in Diss.
Car parking area behind the buildings of Mere Street in Diss.

Diss Town Council had initially objected to the proposals in documents sent to South Norfolk Council.

It said while the extension of the floor space was acceptable in principle, it compromised the planning consent for the Mere boardwalk, as well as direct access to Hales Yard from Mere Street.

But, after a meeting with Wetherspoon representatives to address the concerns, the planning committee offered a recommendation of approval to the modified plans at a September meeting.

New plans in 2017 were also approved with conditions including limiting opening hours to between 8am and midnight.



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