Plans for dozens of homes on a strip of land between two Norfolk communities have been given the green light. 

A bid to build 43 affordable homes on a 3.7-acre parcel of land between Roydon and Diss, has been approved by South Norfolk Council (SNC). 

The site sits next to a set of allotments, right on the border between the two settlements. 

This application runs in conjunction with another for four open market homes on what is effectively the same site’s north-western corner. The second application was not determined at the meeting. 

Ahead of SNC’s planning meeting on Wednesday both Roydon parish and Diss town councils objected to the plan, arguing it would be too densely packed. 

Diss Mercury: The field where the homes will be builtThe field where the homes will be built (Image: Google)

They argue that local planning documents, which set out how to create acceptable developments in the area, say this scheme would “exceed the recommended density” of 25 homes for every 2.5 acres.   

SNC planning officials warned that cutting homes could make the plans unviable and argued the site was not cramped, with “adequate private garden spaces”. 

No one spoke to object at the meeting. 

Diss Mercury: Diss councillor Graham MinshullDiss councillor Graham Minshull (Image: Archant)

Offering the scheme his support, Diss and Roydon councillor Graham Minshull said: “This is a site which had been kicking around for several years, it’s good to see it come forward. 

“It’s nice to see that it is a decent mix of affordable housing, which is something that Diss really needs. 

“It’s a bit of a concern because we do have a bit more of the green boundary between Diss and Roydon eroded and will increase the traffic going up the road which is a popular walking route between Diss and Roydon. 

“But on the whole, it’s a pretty well thought out scheme.” 

The scheme was unanimously approved.