Plans for a "small" caravan site have been turned down after locals said there were already too many in their village.

West Norfolk Council has refused planning permission to change the use of a five-acre piece of land off The Common at South Creake, near Fakenham, to allow "limited tourism" between March and October.

South Creake Parish Council objected to the proposals, pointing out there were already ten 'small touring caravan sites' and one large on a three mile stretch of the B1355.

Eastern Daily Press: The site of the proposed new caravan site at South Creake

It added: "Due to the high electricity costs and over saturation of pitches they are all suffering and the latest site to be opened has been more or less empty since it opened two years ago."

Villager Tracey Goodall added: "I believe we have enough touring caravan sites in this area. From this postcode to the village of South Creake there are 10 sites.

"The site that opened last very rarely has anyone on it and the fill rates for the rest have been down in the past couple of years."

Eastern Daily Press: South Creake Parish Council opposed the plans, saying there were already 10 caravan sites in the areaSouth Creake Parish Council opposed the plans, saying there were already 10 caravan sites in the area (Image: Matthew Usher)

Norfolk County Council's highways department also objected.

It said the scheme would lead to "an intensification in the use of an access onto B1355 Fakenham Road" and "cause undue interference with the safe and free flow of traffic on this important traffic route".

In a planning statement, the developer, named as Mr Lee, said: "The proposal demonstrates a high standard of design in terms of layout, screening and landscaping ensuring minimal adverse impact on visual amenity and the historical and natural environmental qualities of the surrounding landscape and surroundings, and the site can be safely accessed from the principal highway, The Common."

He added the site would be limited to six caravans and would play "an important role in the local economy".