A former private hospital which closed in tragic circumstances is to continue to be used to house up to 100 migrant workers working for Banham Poultry.

Cawston Park Hospital, near Aylsham, shut in 2021 after the deaths of three of the people who were being cared for there.

Ben King, 32, Nicholas Briant, 33, and Joanna Bailey, 36 - who all had learning disabilities - died there within two years of each other.

Wymondham & Attleborough Mercury: The former Cawston Park HospitalThe former Cawston Park Hospital (Image: Newsquest)

A major investigation revealed a string of failings by the Dereham-based owners Jeesal Group, which had shut the hospital after Care Quality Commission inspectors put it into special measures.

Banham Poultry and Pandora X - a company owned by former Jeesal chief executive Tugay Akman - subsequently applied for temporary permission to use the buildings to house migrant workers for three years.

Broadland District Council granted permission for 18 months, which was due to expire this month.

Broadland planning officers have granted permission for the former hospital to continue being used to house workers for a further year and a half.

Wymondham & Attleborough Mercury: Banham Poultry in AttleboroughBanham Poultry in Attleborough (Image: Archant)

In the report produced to say permission would be granted, officers stated: "The workers are employed by Banham Poultry in Attleborough and work shifts.

"They are transported to and from the site by bus and work from Monday to Friday with overtime being offered where available at weekends.

"Information submitted with the application indicates that workers will be males only.  No families have been accommodated.

"Each room provides accommodation for two workers. Kitchen, dining and lounge areas have also been provided for the residents which includes laundry facilities."

Officers said there had been no objections from statutory consultees, and only one public objection.

Officers said: "The temporary use to house migrant workers should be considered as an interim project which puts the buildings to some use prior to the completion of a more permanent solution.

"Temporary permissions are not a long-term solution, and the local planning authority would be expecting a more permanent solution to the future use of the building to come forward at the end of this 18-month period, rather than the granting of another temporary permission."