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A new three-storey care home could be built on the edge of Downham Market under proposals submitted to West Norfolk Council.

Surrey-based developer Aspire LLP is seeking outline planning permission to demolish two former police houses at 157 and 159 Bexwell Road to make way for the 72-bed home.

The proposed site is opposite land earmarked for a new Lidl supermarket with 136 parking spaces.

Plans for the food store, set to create around 40 jobs, were submitted to the borough council last year and a decision is expected shortly.

A car park with 28 spaces, landscaping, including tree planting, and a new single access in Bexwell Road are included in the care home plans.

Each of the bedrooms would have an en suite and the home has been designed “from the inside out” to create bright and airy living space for residents, with a mixture of private and communal areas on each floor, a report supporting the application said.

The care home would have a “contemporary design” and be set back from the road behind a carrstone wall.

“It is likely that the upper floor will be dedicated to residents with dementia and this location affords a safe environment where access can be gained to protected open space on the roof terrace,” the report said.

Neighbouring residents were sent information packs outlining the proposals in April and the developer received two emails in response, the report said.

A decision on the outline plan is expected early next month.