Planning approved for 58 new retirement apartments and 15 cottages in Diss
After a successful planning appeal, Churchill Retirement Living has been granted planning permission to build 58 brand new retirement apartments and 15 retirement cottages near the centre of Diss. Regenerating the brownfield site on Park Road, the new development will bring a thriving new community to the heart of town, contributing around £3 million to the local economy and supporting over 130 jobs both during and after construction.
In the appeal decision notice, the Government’s Planning Inspector Susan Hunt stated that she gave “significant weight to optimum use of previously developed land, the accessible location of the development which is in easy reach of the shops and services of the town, and the boost to housing land supply.” She added: “I also give significant weight to the economic benefits which would arise through increased spending by the occupants who are more likely to shop locally” and concluded that the benefits of the development are “compelling”.
The new development will provide attractive, high quality, secure and self-contained accommodation in landscaped grounds. As with all Churchill Retirement Living developments, Owners will enjoy independent living and a sense of community, with a communal Owners’ Lounge, a Guest Suite, a Lodge Manager, and a 24 hour emergency call alarm service.
Stuart Goodwill, Managing Director of Churchill’s planning consultancy, said: “This is a very positive result and we will now look forward to starting work as soon as possible on this new development which will create a vibrant new community in the heart of Diss. Retirement housing is the most effective form of residential development for generating local economic growth, supporting local jobs, and increasing high street spend as we look to recover from the pandemic. The new apartments and cottages will also help improve the health and wellbeing of those who live there, and meet the housing needs of many older people in Diss and the surrounding area.”
The new development will meet existing and future need in the local area and will provide these key benefits:
- Benefits the local economy by around £3 million (GVA) as its central location encourages residents to shop locally.
- Supports around 130 local jobs both during and after construction.
- Allows older people to downsize and free up under occupied houses in the local area for families – we estimate around 140 second hand homes will be released onto the market, helping around 50 first time buyers onto the ladder.
- Each person living in a retirement property typically experiences reduced health risks, contributing to fiscal savings to local NHS and social care services of c.£3,500 per person per year. The development in Diss will therefore create total health and social care savings of over £350,000 per year.
- Provides older people with safety, security and companionship.
- Provides an attractive, bespoke building which complements the existing streetscape.
- Reduces the need to travel by car, due to proximity to local facilities.