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Residents in a West Norfolk village could soon have a shop and somewhere to meet under new plans submitted to the borough council.

Full planning permission is being sought for the positioning of a ten-metre-long portable building on disused land in Methwold Road at Northwold.

The proposals, submitted last week, include a patio area where customers can enjoy refrshments.

A report supporting the application said: “For some years Northwold has not had a village shop.

“This means that the inhabitants have to travel long distances to purchase essential food and household goods.

“This travelling takes a long time if using the bus as the timetable is sparse, this encourages people to take their car which pollutes the atmosphere, something we are all trying to avoid.

“The patio area will, when the weather is nice, allow the village folks to meet and have a cup of tea or coffee from a machine within the shop.

“The owner has already spoken with the local butcher, baker etc who are keen to supply local produce.”

Plans for the village store include a disabled access and ramp.

The report went on: “The driveway is not in bad repair but it is proposed to upgrade the surface to make it more solid and more pleasing to the eye.

“This is to include a pedestrian path at the side as it is anticipated that most customers will arrive on foot.”

Planners at West Norfolk Council are expected to make a decision on the application by the end of next month.