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Diss set for a retail boost

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:29 12 July 2010

Adam Gretton

A town centre site in Diss could be set for a retail boost after a landowner submitted plans for a mereside shops and flats development.

A town centre site in Diss could be set for a retail boost after a landowner submitted plans for a mereside shops and flats development.

A scheme for a new restaurant on the King's Head Yard car park, off Mere Street, was unanimously approved by South Norfolk Councillors last January.

Officials from the Tacolneston Estate have now unveiled proposals to increase the redevelopment of the car park with four shops and three first floor flats, which would provide views across Diss Mere.

Agents for the applicant say that the project would “add life” to the yard, but would reduce the number of parking spaces from 25 to 17.

The retail and residential units had been part of the original restaurant plans, but were removed following conservation officer concerns about the impact of the modern buildings on the views across the iconic mere.

Joanne Aitchison, of Freeland Rees Roberts Architects, said the extra 83sqm of shop space would help maintain the vibrancy of Diss town centre and offer new commercial opportunities.

“The applicant continues to believe that a mixed use development on the site will be of benefit both to the atmosphere and success of the King's Head Yard development.

“Mixed use provides activities throughout the day so that the yard becomes an exciting 'discovered' space for shoppers, diners and visitors alike,” she said.

Residents have until the end of the month to air their views on the application to South Norfolk Council.


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