Plans approved to turn empty town centre offices into flats
- Credit: Simon Parkin
Plans have been approved to turn the upper floor of a town centre office building into apartments.
South Norfolk Council has approved converting the second-floor of Navire House, located on the junction of Mere Street and Park Road in Diss, into two apartments and changing from office to residential.
Empty upper floor offices in the modern three-storey building, on the edge of the town's conservation area, have until recently been advertised for rent. The lower floors are occupied.
Planners have approved the scheme on the condition that measures are taken to mitigate the impact of noise from the lower commercial premises on future occupants of the apartments.
They added: "It is considered that the external changes to the building will not be discernible from the highway, and together with the proposed use not having any discernible impact on the listed buildings or conservation area."
The apartments will not have parking, but in their submission the developers stated: "Occupants will not be reliant on cars for day to day requirements as they are close to all facilities."