Developer appeals A46 pub homes plan refusal

A developer has appealed to the government over West Lindsey District Council’s refusal to convert an iconic A46 pub into new homes.

Rob Wilkinson, who tabled proposals for the Brown Cow Inn, Lincoln Road, planned to turn the pub into three one-bedroom homes.

A further four three-bedroom houses would have been built at the back of the building, as well as 12 car parking spaces.

But, the council rejected the plan in August last year over concerns that the new housing plan would lead to the “erosion the of green wedge between Lincoln and Nettleham”.

Now, Mr Wilkinson has appealed to the government’s Planning Inspectorate over the decision.

The former pub shut in 2018 as, like many traditional public houses, owners struggled to make the business sustainable.

It was put on the market at £345,000 and has been vacant ever since.

Back in 2015, plans were put forward to turn the site into 18 homes, but were rejected in 2016.

Another proposal for three one-bedroom dwellings, plus five three-bedroom homes was submitted back in April 2019, but was refused by the council a month later.

The plan also included 15 car parking spaces at the site.

But, the authority said the proposal was an “overdevelopment” of the site and there was “insufficient parking provision”.

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