An historic forge in a Norfolk village is set to be turned into a home.

West Norfolk Council has agreed plans to convert the former post office and forge at North Creake, near Fakenham, into a four-bedroom house.

A planning officer's report said forges would once have been "a common sight" in most villages and towns.

It said the property on Church Street would once have provided "an important local service to the village and surrounding farms".

It adds: "Obviously, these buildings are now very rare. This forge is particularly special because its appearance is largely unchanged and it still contains some of the historic forge and blacksmith equipment.

"It is an important building which helps to tell the story of the history of the village and has some historic significance and is therefore identified as a non designated heritage asset."

The council's conservation team agreed to the building being converted as the plans would see the building retained and repaired.