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Plans revived for house on stilts next to the River Waveney

PUBLISHED: 16:01 09 October 2018

Land backing on to the River Waveney in Fair Green, Diss, that is subject to plans for a house on stilts. Picture: Simon Parkin

Land backing on to the River Waveney in Fair Green, Diss, that is subject to plans for a house on stilts. Picture: Simon Parkin

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Plans to build a house on stilts on the banks of the river between Norfolk and Suffolk have been revived a year after being rejected by planners.

Architects impressions of the house of stilts planned for land backing on to the River Waveney in Fair Green, Diss. Picture: Roger Adock/South Norfolk CouncilArchitects impressions of the house of stilts planned for land backing on to the River Waveney in Fair Green, Diss. Picture: Roger Adock/South Norfolk Council

South Norfolk Council previously refused proposals for a modern house supported by stilts on a plot of land at the junction of Lower Denmark Street and Riverside in Diss that backs onto the River Waveney.

The land stands on a flood zone, and the previous plans were deemed too cramped for the size of the plot, and out of keeping with nearby listed buildings.

New plans for a similar two-bedroom self-build home have now been submitted despite objections from neighbours that the house would still be out of keeping with the traditional pink coloured houses in Fair Green, part of Diss Conservation Area.

Traditional white and pink coloured properties in Fair Green, part of the Diss Conservation Area. Picture: Simon ParkinTraditional white and pink coloured properties in Fair Green, part of the Diss Conservation Area. Picture: Simon Parkin

The new proposals are for a self-build single-storey house with two bedrooms, an open plan kitchen and dining area leading onto a balcony facing the river.

The plans state: “The proposal demonstrates a single dwelling on stilts is accommodated in a layout and scale that maintains a good relationship with existing neighbouring-built form and one that is in keeping with its surroundings.”

The scheme has drawn a mixed reaction with some supportive responses but others objecting.

Land backing on to the River Waveney in Fair Green, Diss, that is subject to plans for a house on stilts. Picture: Simon ParkinLand backing on to the River Waveney in Fair Green, Diss, that is subject to plans for a house on stilts. Picture: Simon Parkin

In a written objection Peter Kirby, of Denmark Street, said: “The position of the plot in relation to other properties in the immediate vicinity, as well as proposed design, would be completely out of character with the surroundings of many older buildings in a Conservation Area.”

John Brady, of Ling Road in nearby Palgrave, said: “I was given to understand that Fair Green was a conservation area, and as such all properties had to be in keeping with the vernacular, this is why the houses on riverside are all painted pink and white, so as to be in harmony with the nearby Tudor and Georgian buildings.

“Into this environment the plan appears to be to introduce a grey aluminium and wooden box that adds nothing to the environment but given its prominent position on a significant route into town would be a statement what is really thought about conservation areas.”

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