A renewed bid to convert a former village shop into part of a children's care home is again facing objections over the possible loss of a retail unit.

Wayne Redgrave is seeking permission from Broadland District Council to change the use of a vacant florist  into a residential institution.

The plans would see the unit converted into a privately run care home which would provide services to Norfolk County Council.

The former shop has been vacant since May last year.

In February last year, Mr Redgrave was given permission to convert the building - excluding the retail unit - into a children's care home.

In July, the council refused a bid to convert the building into a children's home due to the loss of a town centre shop.

Mr Redgrave then made another bid - this time to convert the property into a residential dwelling - which was approved in December.

That decision, according to a document submitted to the council, supports his latest proposal.

The existing property has two rooms, the shop at the front and a store room at the rear with a small toilet.

The application proposes that the shop be used as a sitting room and kitchen area and that the rear room be used as a bedroom and study.

The bid is facing objections from Acle Parish Council which said the village's Neighbourhood Plan aims to retain retail premises in the village centre and the councillors "regret this loss of a retail premises".

"The council received a lot of interest in the adjacent retail units at Folly Tree House so there is clearly a demand for retail units in the village," the council said.