A former village courthouse could be turned into a home.

Janet Lamport has applied to change the use of the building on Stoke Road at Methwold, near Downham Market.

A planning statement says the main house was built in the 1800s for a local judge, with an annexe which served as a courthouse.

A further annexe was added in the 1950s and used as a police station.

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Mrs Lamport ran a pre-school nursery from the part of the building originally used as the court, which has now ceased trading and is no longer viable.

The statement adds another business could not use the building because it would have to cross Mrs Lamport's property to access it and use her parking.

It concludes: "Changing status from commercial to residential will ensure that the property does not become derelict and in disrepair."

A decision from West Norfolk Council is expected later this year.