Asylum seekers are to be housed in another Norfolk hotel, the Home Office has announced.

South Norfolk Council was informed at the end of last week that the 19-bedroom Park Hotel in Diss would be used as accommodation for refugees while their asylum applications are assessed.

The arrangement will be managed by Cromwood Housing Group and it is understood it will last for up to a year.

Diss Mercury: The Park Hotel in DissThe Park Hotel in Diss (Image: Newsquest)

The hotel, on Denmark Street, close to the Mere and the town centre, is now closed to other guests.

A spokesman for South Norfolk Council said: "The council has been informed by the Home Office that, from today (Wednesday, September 6) the hotel will be used by families seeking asylum."

He said the council was seeking further information from the Home Office.

But he added that, in association with Norfolk County Council, the authority would ensure suitable support was available.

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Diss Mercury: Prime minister Rishi SunakPrime minister Rishi Sunak (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Prime minister Rishi Sunak last month warned the asylum system was under "unsustainable pressure" after the bill for the taxpayer almost doubled in a year to nearly £4 billion.

Mr Sunak who has promised to "stop the boats" bringing migrants across the English Channel, said the cost was "unacceptable", with 21,000 crossing so far this year.

Home Office spending on asylum rose by £1.85bn, from £2.12bn in 2021/22 to £3.97 bn in 2022/23.

Government statistics also showed 80pc of asylum seekers are waiting longer than six months for an initial decision.

The government had, controversially, agreed to accommodate migrants on the Bibby Stockholm barge, moored off the coast of Dorset.

Diss Mercury: The Bibby Stockholm barge in DorsetThe Bibby Stockholm barge in Dorset (Image: Press Association)

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The first asylum seekers arrived on the barge last month, but were moved off again just days later after tests revealed Legionella – the bacteria which can cause the potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease – was present.

Last year, a High Court judge stopped the Home Office from housing asylum seekers in Great Yarmouth seafront hotels.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council obtained an injunction to stop the Home Office from using 59 hotels on or near the seafront from being used to house asylum seekers.

Lawyers for the council successfully argued seafront hotels were covered by a specific council policy - aimed to protect tourism - and should not be used, as that constituted a change of planning use from hotels to hostels.

Asylum seekers are already housed in hotels in the Norwich area.