Plans to convert a former Methodist chapel into a home have been turned down.

An un-named developer applied to covert the building in Southery, near Downham Market into a three-bed property. But the application has been refused by planning officers. 

The church, on Ferry Bank, closed last year. A planning statement said: "The numbers attending the church have unfortunately reduced to such an extent that they mean the church is no longer viable.

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"Not only has it been the reduction in numbers - down to about five locally - of the congregation but this is very much coupled with the fact that the remaining congregation are all now of considerable age.

"It has become impossible for these very few and aged, although with much willingness, volunteers to administer to the practicalities of keeping the church open."

Southery Parish Council supported the application, which would have seen the grounds landscaped and hedgerows planted.