Allotments and homes planned

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A BOURNE businessman has unveiled plans for 20 homes and 40 allotment spaces on the edge of the town.

James Wherry, who owns pulse producers Wherry and Sons, is behind plans for land off Beaufort Drive which includes six affordable homes and gardening plots.

Mr Wherry said: “There would be lots of benefits if these were to be given approval.

“I am hoping to sell individual housing plots to builders because they are finding it difficult to find plots in the town, and there is a need for allotments in the town too.”

The plans have been submitted to South Kesteven District Council.

In his design and access statement to the council agent Mike Sibthorp said: “Recent district council documents have identified that within Bourne there is a substantial unmet need for allotment space.

“The existing allotments, owned by Bourne Town Council and Bourne United Charities, are both fully tenanted and the waiting lists for both sites stand at well in excess of five years.

“There are no proposals by public or charitable bodies to make more allotment space available.”

The town’s other allotments are on the other side of the town.

Mr Wherry’s business has also applied to change the old Rippingale Primary School into offices. He wants to move his company’s headquarters from its current site in Cherry Holt Road to the village, which he says is the right size for the company and nearer to his employees.

Mr Wherry said: “The company has been in Bourne for more than 200 years, so it will be quite an exciting move for us if we get permission.”

Rippingale Primary School closed its doors in July 2007 because of falling pupil numbers. The building has been standing empty since.