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Draft Local Plan-Part 2 Site Allocations

GNLP0102

Representation ID: 20246

Received: 02/03/2020

Respondent: Diss Town Council

Representation:

Diss Town Council consider the site is unsuitable for the following reasons:
a) This site is in the middle of an employment area and as such is best suited to employment, a fact confirmed by the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan consultants AECOM when conducting their site assessments. We are also very concerned that with a minimum of 743 new homes planned over the next 18 years we need to retain and indeed expand our employment land otherwise we
risk becoming a dormitory town with many more jobs being located outside of Diss.
b) The site is unsuitable for high density development. Diss housing density on new developments is usually around 30 homes/ha and in fact AECOM recommend a
figure of 25 homes per ha in mainly rural settings such as Diss. This proposal would have a density of over 60 homes/ha, more than double that of any other
location in Diss. The site is also isolated from other housing areas in Diss.
c) Residential development in this location would have major highway constraints. We estimate that at least 50% and up to 70% of road traffic would turn left and
travel under the railway bridge and along Frenze Hall Lane to access schools, the town centre and supermarkets. In addition, almost all foot traffic and cycle
movements would travel into Diss via Sandy Lane and Frenze Hall Lane (or Walcot Green).
• In the first GNLP consultation, documents referencing other nearby sites it was acknowledged by the GNLP that they would not want to increase the traffic volumes significantly on Frenze Hall Lane and this proposal would most certainly do this. This was also confirmed by Highways on a past planning application.
• Whilst we accept that the road can be improved to give a width of 5.5m plus a 2m wide footway adjacent to any proposed build, this does nothing to address the
major pinch point that exists on Sandy Lane between the proposed development and the traffic light controlled single direction travel under the railway bridge.
Sandy Lane is very narrow between the proposed site and the bridge bordered on one side by the fence to the railway line and on the other side by a drainage ditch and mature trees. After constructing a 2m footway all the way to the railway bridge we would end up with a road width of less than 4m in the 60 or 70m back from the railway bridge towards the proposed development would be unsafe and not allow two vehicles to pass each other. In our opinion, it is also very unlikely that Sandy Lane Road could be realigned to give sufficient width for two-way
traffic together with adequate footway/cycleways.
• Frenze Hall Lane is already very busy due to the near completion of the Harrier Way development, and with other planned developments, it is estimated there
would be a further 500 to 700 traffic movements along Frenze Hall Lane daily particularly on school days, and that the road would need major improvements to
aid increased traffic flow.
• There would also be a significant increase in traffic using the Sawmills Road/A1066 junction which would require road improvements to aid flow on/off Victoria
Road.
Diss Town Council recommendation: That Diss Town Council consult with GNLP with a view to retaining this site for employment
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Full text:

Thank for giving us the opportunity to consult on your proposals for the sites in the Diss area.

The Town Council has been working with the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group comprising the parishes of Brome and Oakley, Burston and Shimpling, Diss, Palgrave, Roydon, Scole and Stuston on the emerging plan, which we expect to consult on later this year. In addition we have worked with consultants AECOM who have advised and helped us develop our evidence base on Housing Needs, Design and Design Codes and also Site Assessment. It was interesting to note that AECOM considered that all the Diss and Neighbourhood Plan area to be rural in nature, a fact they felt should be fully considered in the site densities we allow.

Whilst we agree with most of your recommendations for the sites in the Diss area, there are a few we would like to consult further on. All the GNLP sites were discussed in Council on 19th February 2020 and our recommendations were approved unanimously.

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Comment

Draft Local Plan-Part 2 Site Allocations

DIS2

Representation ID: 20247

Received: 02/03/2020

Respondent: Diss Town Council

Representation:

Diss Town Council agree with your proposal for DIS 2 which is an existing allocation in the local plan from 2015 and will form part of the new local plan.
However, DIS 2 together with DIS 7 (combined area 6.81 ha) is currently being assessed for feasibility by both Norfolk County Council and South Norfolk Council
as a possible site for a new Leisure Centre and possible business hub. They are due to report back to us on this in March 2020. It is also seen by the Town Council as a site that could possibly accommodate more housing as well as delivering open green space and riverside walks. This combined site is one of 3 sites currently being assessed for the new leisure centre.
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Full text:

Thank for giving us the opportunity to consult on your proposals for the sites in the Diss area.

The Town Council has been working with the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group comprising the parishes of Brome and Oakley, Burston and Shimpling, Diss, Palgrave, Roydon, Scole and Stuston on the emerging plan, which we expect to consult on later this year. In addition we have worked with consultants AECOM who have advised and helped us develop our evidence base on Housing Needs, Design and Design Codes and also Site Assessment. It was interesting to note that AECOM considered that all the Diss and Neighbourhood Plan area to be rural in nature, a fact they felt should be fully considered in the site densities we allow.

Whilst we agree with most of your recommendations for the sites in the Diss area, there are a few we would like to consult further on. All the GNLP sites were discussed in Council on 19th February 2020 and our recommendations were approved unanimously.

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Object

Draft Local Plan-Part 2 Site Allocations

GNLP0341

Representation ID: 20249

Received: 02/03/2020

Respondent: Diss Town Council

Representation:

Comment objects to site being considered reasonable.
We were surprised to see the site recommendation has been changed from unsuitable to a
reasonable alternative. This greenfield site is identified as an important open space in the
South Norfolk Local Plan. It is also recognised by Norfolk County Council as an Historic
Environment Site NHER 33463.
It was originally put forward to the GNLP for 35 retirement living units, 5 dwellings and Health Centre expansion. However later plans were for 24 high end retirement bungalows.
The site is a very historic open space within the Conservation Area, with strong historic
links to 60 Mount Street (the only detached landscape park in Norfolk) and other listed
buildings.
Last year another important open space, 22A St Nicholas Street was approved for development despite a large number of objections from traders and residents. In the case of Parish Fields, there has been even more opposition on social media over the past year a petition against development running to more than 1500 signatures has been produced.
We agree with the initial GNLP conclusion that development would clearly adversely affect
the openness of the area.
Diss Town Council recommendation: Diss Town Council would not support development on this site and the loss of any of this historic important open space.

Full text:

Thank for giving us the opportunity to consult on your proposals for the sites in the Diss area.

The Town Council has been working with the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group comprising the parishes of Brome and Oakley, Burston and Shimpling, Diss, Palgrave, Roydon, Scole and Stuston on the emerging plan, which we expect to consult on later this year. In addition we have worked with consultants AECOM who have advised and helped us develop our evidence base on Housing Needs, Design and Design Codes and also Site Assessment. It was interesting to note that AECOM considered that all the Diss and Neighbourhood Plan area to be rural in nature, a fact they felt should be fully considered in the site densities we allow.

Whilst we agree with most of your recommendations for the sites in the Diss area, there are a few we would like to consult further on. All the GNLP sites were discussed in Council on 19th February 2020 and our recommendations were approved unanimously.

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Support

Draft Local Plan-Part 2 Site Allocations

GNLP0250/0342/0119/0291

Representation ID: 20252

Received: 02/03/2020

Respondent: Diss Town Council

Representation:

The GNLP said this combination of sites is preferred for allocation as they are well related in
form and character terms to the existing built up area of Diss and would enable the provision
of a link road to connect Heywood Road and Shelfanger Road, which may alleviate some
existing traffic problems.
Comments by DTCNP sub-group members:
We agreed with the GNLP especially as this was an area they were already looking at. It
was seen as an option that gives a west to east link road connecting Shelfanger Road to
Heywood Road and that it would help alleviate traffic pressures in the north of the town
especially on roads such as Sunnyside. We were also pleased to see the GNLP recognised
our earlier submissions about the need to expand the cemetery.
Diss Town Council Recommendation: That Diss Town Council support this preferred GNLP option.
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Full text:

Thank for giving us the opportunity to consult on your proposals for the sites in the Diss area.

The Town Council has been working with the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group comprising the parishes of Brome and Oakley, Burston and Shimpling, Diss, Palgrave, Roydon, Scole and Stuston on the emerging plan, which we expect to consult on later this year. In addition we have worked with consultants AECOM who have advised and helped us develop our evidence base on Housing Needs, Design and Design Codes and also Site Assessment. It was interesting to note that AECOM considered that all the Diss and Neighbourhood Plan area to be rural in nature, a fact they felt should be fully considered in the site densities we allow.

Whilst we agree with most of your recommendations for the sites in the Diss area, there are a few we would like to consult further on. All the GNLP sites were discussed in Council on 19th February 2020 and our recommendations were approved unanimously.

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Support

Draft Local Plan-Part 2 Site Allocations

GNLP1045

Representation ID: 20253

Received: 02/03/2020

Respondent: Diss Town Council

Representation:

Comment supports site as being reasonable.
Comments by DTCNP sub-group members:
This site is currently allocated for employment as part of the current DIS 8 in the local plan.
The promoter is now suggesting the site for residential use. The site is adjacent to the
current Ensign Way estate.
This proposal could be supported providing the density of development was no more than
that on the adjacent estate i.e. 25/30 homes/ha.
Diss Town Council Recommendation: Diss Town Council would support the change of use to residential
providing the density of development is no more than that of the adjacent estate.

Full text:

Thank for giving us the opportunity to consult on your proposals for the sites in the Diss area.

The Town Council has been working with the Diss and District Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group comprising the parishes of Brome and Oakley, Burston and Shimpling, Diss, Palgrave, Roydon, Scole and Stuston on the emerging plan, which we expect to consult on later this year. In addition we have worked with consultants AECOM who have advised and helped us develop our evidence base on Housing Needs, Design and Design Codes and also Site Assessment. It was interesting to note that AECOM considered that all the Diss and Neighbourhood Plan area to be rural in nature, a fact they felt should be fully considered in the site densities we allow.

Whilst we agree with most of your recommendations for the sites in the Diss area, there are a few we would like to consult further on. All the GNLP sites were discussed in Council on 19th February 2020 and our recommendations were approved unanimously.

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