Plans to convert an historic hotel into homes are recommended for approval.

Permission is being sought to convert the Castle Hotel in Downham Market into six apartments.

There are also hopes to convert the brew house into a home and extend it to create a new one-bedroom home.

Planning officers have recommended the application be approved when West Norfolk Council’s planning committee meets on Monday.

The business has been family-run for 29 years and has been on the market since January 2016.

A report to the committee said no offers had been made on the business and the hotel would be closing on Monday, March 30 due to retirement and ill health.

Downham Market Town Council has objected to the application arguing the loss of hotel accommodation would “adversely affect the vitality and viability” of the town centre.