J D Wetherspoon launches fresh bid to open waterside pub in Diss

PUBLISHED: 09:42 24 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:42 24 July 2015

Artists impression of the new JD Wetherspoon pub at Kings Head Yard, Diss.

Artists impression of the new JD Wetherspoon pub at Kings Head Yard, Diss.


Pub chain J D Wetherspoon has made a fresh bid to open a pub in the heart of Diss.

The chain has submitted a planning application to South Norfolk Council in a bid to build a restaurant bar on a site in King’s Head Yard.

More than two years ago the landowner, Joe Darrell, was given planning permission for a similar development on the same piece of land off Mere Street in May 2013.

Now J D Wetherspoon has submitted their own application in amendment to the original proposals.

This fresh bid includes plans for additional floor space in the proposed development.

In comparison to the original application this will see the internal floor area increase by 396 square metres to a total of 953 square metres.

Spokesman for J D Wetherspoon Eddie Gershon said: “The new Wetherspoon application shows minor increase to ground floor footprint and increased first floor trading area – together with a new balcony with views overlooking the mere.

“The new proposal also provides for customer toilets and back of house accommodation to 1st floor. The proposal retains the general form of the previous application, with a glazed curved facade facing the mere, with the roof gently falling away to the rear.

“We are extremely keen to open a pub in Diss.”

The original permission was granted with a number of conditions including the completion of an archaeological survey on the site which has since been undertaken.

Plans for the development include a new public board walk and building materials such as untreated timber to echo the reeds in the Mere, coloured metal and a large area of glazing and glass balustrade on the waterfront edge.

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