A village police station which closed because of budgets cuts is set to be turned into apartments.

Plans to convert Great Yeldham Police Station, in High Street, Great Yeldham, into eight self-contained residential units are set to decided at a planning meeting next week.

The police station stopped operating in November 2011, and was sold on the open market in 2014.

Plans for the building will see seven one-bed homes along with one two-bed property created.

The planning statement said: “The site is in a highly sustainable location having good access to all the shops and facilities of Great Yeldham and being close to the regular bus routes running in the road immediately outside the site, the good car and bus links to Haverhill and to Halstead and Braintree.

“The reuse of this building, rather than demolition, makes this a highly sustainable project in terms of carbon footprint and recycling of materials.”

Great Yeldham Parish Council objected to the proposals, saying the conversion would have an adverse impact on neighbouring properties in Whitlock Drive.

However Braintree Council officers have recommended the plans for approval.

A report by officers said: “The application site is located within the Village Envelope for Great Yeldham whereby residential uses are considered acceptable in principle.

“Officers consider that the development could take place without any detrimental impact to the character of the site or immediate locality.

“In addition no adverse highway impact has been identified.”

The application will be discussed by the planning committee at a meeting on Tuesday, January 16.