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Controversial Diss Mere flats could be approved next week

PUBLISHED: 09:32 10 October 2019 | UPDATED: 11:16 10 October 2019

Visualisation of proposed housing development next to Diss Mere. Picture: KD Architects/South Norfolk Council

Visualisation of proposed housing development next to Diss Mere. Picture: KD Architects/South Norfolk Council

KD Architects/South Norfolk Council

A decision on whether controversial modern flats overlooking Diss Mere are given the go-ahead could finally be made next week.

Developers want to demolish an existing garage and two storage buildings behind the Happy Palace Chinese restaurant on St Nicholas Street and build three-storey apartments.

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The plans have been recommended for approval by South Norfolk Council but have been deferred twice by its development management committee; first so members could visit the site and again to allow the developer time to put forward a plan to manage construction.

MORE: Controversial apartment plans scaled back in bid to win over objectors

A decision could now finally be made when the application is discussed by the committee at its meeting on October 16.

Diss Town Council and Diss Heritage Triangle Trust are among those to have raised objections over concerns about the impact on the neighbouring community wildlife garden and traffic, while businesses around Tudor House Yard have claimed it would make trading "intolerable".

MORE: Traders fear new apartments would lead to 'construction chaos'

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