March 12, 2020 3.47 pm This story is over

Government rejects A46 pub homes plan

Another refusal for the plan

The government rejected plans to transform an iconic A46 pub into homes following an appeal by the developer.

A proposal was lodged by Rob Wilkinson to turn the former Brown Cow Inn, Nettleham, into eight new homes.

Outline documents showed designs for three one-bedroom dwellings. Plus, five three-bedroom dwellings would be built following the demolition of rear extensions.

15 parking spaces were also included as part of the plan.

But, West Lindsey District Council rejected the plan in May last year and the developer took the decision to the government’s Planning Inspectorate.

Now, Matthew Woodward, planning inspector who oversaw the case, has also refused the proposal.

In his decision notice, he said: “Whilst I find no harm arising from the off-street parking proposed, the development would conflict with the functions and aims of the Green Wedge thus would be in conflict with the development plan.

“Accordingly, for the reasons given, I conclude that this appeal is dismissed.”

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.

A further appeal for an amended plan, which includes seven homes, is still being considered by the government.

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