New life could be breathed into the former Dairy Crest site in Heacham with plans for a village hub.

The parish council hopes to convert the disused depot in Pound Lane into a new village hall housing a range of community facilities including meeting rooms, a kitchen and the existing library. 

A change of use planning application, submitted to West Norfolk Council just before Christmas, details plans to extend the main two-storey building, on the corner of Pound Lane and the High Street, and demolish others.

A report supporting the application said: “The objective for Heacham Parish Council is to consolidate its existing operations, such as meetings, events, library and parish office, that are currently held across three venues, in one hub for the community.

“Each of the venues currently used is limited by its capacity and parking availability, as well has having a considerable cost in either rent or upkeep.”

A dozen car parking spaces are also proposed at the site, to be accessed and exited via Pound Lane.

The depot opened in the 1940s and was in use until 2011, according to planning documents. 

There are currently three buildings on a hardstanding at the site. The largest building once housed the Dairy Crest offices and main store.

Under the proposals, the two smaller buildings, a storage barn and single-story cart shed, would be demolished.

Planning permission to convert the dairy depot into homes was granted by the borough council in 2013.