Around 45 full and part-time jobs could be created if a national chain goes ahead with a plan to renovate a Downham Market pub.

JD Wetherspoon is planning a £1.7m refurbishment of the White Hart in Bridge Street.

Eddie Gershon, a spokesman for the company, said it had exchanged contracts on the property, subject to planning and licensing permission.

A planning application has been submitted to West Norfolk Council for permission to carry out the work.

Mr Gershon said: “A planning application has gone in and we are keen to open a pub on that site but it is early days and we have to wait until planning permission is hopefully granted.

“We have a number of pubs in the region and it is a great area for Wetherspoon.”

No date has been set for the start of the renovation work but Mr Gershon explained it would usually take the company about four months to make a transformation once the appropriate permission has been given.

The planning application has outlined minimal internal alterations, a large flat-roof extension at the back of the building with a parapet roof and improvements to the kitchen.

The application has also stated the company’s proposed opening hours would be 7am to 12.30am Sunday to Wednesday and 7am to 1.30am Thursday to Saturday.