A couple have been refused permission to build a new home they said wanted to downsize in.

Developers named in planning papers as Mr and Mrs Carter applied to build a two-bedroom property on land between Riverside and Holts Lane, at Hilgay, near Downham Market.

A planning statement said: "The current residents of Riverside wish to downsize but also would like to remain in the area on land which has been in the family for generations and seek the opportunity to self-build a dwelling of their own design.

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"This parcel of land has been within the Carter family for generations and lends itself perfectly for the size property and garden the applicant desires for their retirement."

But the scheme has been turned down by planning officers. A decision notice said: "The proposed development is considered to be overdevelopment or a cramped development due to its limited separation distance and footprint.

"The scale and design of the proposal will be out of keeping with layout and character of neighbouring dwellings and will be out of character and appearance of the street scene."