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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 26/06/2019

Written by on 28 June, 2019

DECISION OVER MERE APARTMENTS PLAN IS ON HOLD

A decision over a plan to build three modern apartments overlooking the Mere in Diss has been put on hold.

South Norfolk planning councillors have agreed to visit the site near St Nicholas Street during the next two weeks, before deciding on the application.  Council officers are recommending approval for a scaled-down version of the original block, at the top of sloping land close to a wildlife garden.

However,  there’s been strong opposition in the town, including from Diss councillors and the Heritage Triangle Trust.

EXPANSION PROJECT GETS UNDERWAY AT ASPALL

A £10 million project has got underway at the Aspall cyder factory, near Debenham.

Building work has started to modernise the plant, following a buy-out by the Molson-Coors brewing concern early last year.  It’s planned to increase capacity on the Aspall Hall site to meet a growing demand for the company’s cider and vinegars.

CLOUDY DAY SET FOR THE SHOW OPENING

It’s Show Day,  with thousands of people flocking to the opening day of this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.

This year’s royal visitor is the Countess of Wessex, who is also the current president of the Agricultural Association.  The weather’s looking better for the second day of the show tomorrow at the Costessey showground, with sunshine expected all day.

RESTAURANT STILL PLANNED AT SERVICE AREA AS SIGN APPROVED

The McDonalds restaurant chain says it’s still hoping to open an outlet on the A140 near Scole, as soon as possible.

There is still no sign of any work starting on building the planned restaurant on the recently-opened service area, at the junction with the A143 at Stuston.  It’s understood that the restaurant is being delayed by power supply issues to the site, which is causing a difficulty in finding a franchisee.

However, planning permission has now been approved for a 12-metre-high totem sign for McDonalds at a different location than first proposed on the service area, despite criticism from nearby parish councils.

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