Plans submitted for Diss Heritage Triangle Project

Sheila King, project manager and trustee David Case walk round the areas to be redeveloped as part o

Sheila King, project manager and trustee David Case walk round the areas to be redeveloped as part of the Diss Heritage Triangle project. Pictured outside the diss corn hall with intern Robbie Sutherland and volunteer sue best. - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Planning applications have been submitted for the long-awaited Heritage Triangle Project to regenerate parts of Diss town centre.

Diss Heritage Partnership has submitted two separate applications, one of which is seeking permission to develop a new Mere boardwalk, pavilions and wildlife gardens.

The other plans are to refurbish the Corn Hall and adjoining stable block and replace the extension between the two buildings, along with carrying out landscaping to the Corn Hall yard.

Arguably the centre piece of the regeneration project, the hall's courtyard will be redesigned with a two storey extension providing an entrance facing St Nicholas Street, with the aim being to make the theatre more accessible to the public.

Internally, a new bar will be created in the kitchen area of one of the downstairs function rooms, which will be accessed through doors, while a new roof will be put on the building.


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The auditorium will also benefit from improved lighting to provide a more welcoming feel, while there will also be improved acoustics and retractable seating.

A new stage will be provided in the centre of the auditorium.

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Outside, railings will be removed from the front of the hall to provide a more open feel for the public, while a mural will be created along a side wall, along with a display giving details of forthcoming events in a similar way to a West End theatre.

Further applications are expected in the future detailing works to other parts of the triangle, including St Nicholas Street, Market Hill and Market Place.

The project has received £1,656,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £100,000 is being raised locally from donations.

For details on how to donate, visit www.heritagetriangle.co.uk.

What changes would you make to improve Diss town centre? Email dominic.bareham@archant.co.uk.

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