An application for a new care home has been recommended for approval despite a flurry of objections being sent in.

The application, which was first lodged in November 2022, will see a new 60-bed care home be built on the edge of Dereham if given the green light by Breckland Council.

The care facility would go up on a patch of land next to the junction of Draytonhall Lane and the A47, at the western edge of Dereham.

The plans submitted to Breckland Council are now set to go in front of its planning committee on Monday, October 31.

The meeting’s agenda pack says: “The application is being recommended for approval subject to receiving no objections from Natural England and the council's ecologist, and the conditions set out below along with delegated authority being given to officers to complete an appropriate assessment under the habitat regulations.

“It is recognised that the proposed development would deliver a much-needed care home providing a modern care facility and bed spaces where it is accepted there is a need.

“Whilst outside of the settlement boundary it would be immediately adjoining the settlement boundary of Dereham being a market town at the higher end of the sustainability hierarchy and would make use of a site with access to a good range of services and facilities provided within Dereham.”

The application has received 25 objections from members of the public.

Both Dereham Town Council and Scarning Parish Council are on record as saying they strongly object to this application.

Some of the objections include: "the nearby junction of the A47 is already extremely dangerous with frequent accidents and congestion, the site is already in a blackspot area for traffic accidents, inadequate levels of parking, and bus service provision would not support access other than a car."

The plans can be viewed and commented on by searching for 3PL/2022/1220/O at