More homes for Cowbit on horizon as plans get go-ahead

A new development of 37 homes is set to be built in Backgate, Cowbit.
A new development of 37 homes is set to be built in Backgate, Cowbit.
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The population of Cowbit is set to rise after plans for 37 new homes in the village were given the go-ahead.

South Holland District Council’s planning committee voted 13 to one for a new development of homes having between one and four bedrooms in Backgate, near the A16.

Cowbit Parish Council had objected to the plans by Ashley King Developments on grounds, including unsatisfactory drainage, lack of parking spaces and an overdevelopment of the three and a half acre site known for its grade-II listed Mill Tower.

During the meeting, Cowbit district councillor Andrew Woolf, said: “This seems to be an overdevelopment of the site and 37 houses in a small village like Cowbit is a significant increase.

“I don’t like to lose agricultural land, but the bit that really concerns me is the road access on to Backgate.

“It’s notoriously known as a rat run and there’s still speeding traffic coming down there.

“I can see some form of serious collision happening very, very soon.”

But planning committee vice chairman Coun James Avery said: “I can’t help liking this application, not withstanding the potential junction issues on Backgate.

“It’s a good-sized plot, a good mix of marketable and affordable housing and I can’t see a lot that would mind us to refuse it.”

Commenting on the committee’s decision, Mr King said: “We are pleased the local authority granted planning permission for residential development.

“The new homes will address housing need and the difficulties facing first time buyers and young families by providing, stylish, energy efficient homes at affordable prices.

“The design of the development has been driven by a desire to produce a high-quality residential development which pays respect to local context and will be an integral part of Cowbit in years to come.

“The existing highway is a matter for the parties to approach Lincolnshire County Council to consider traffic calming and other safety measures which are available should they be required.

“We hope to commence construction of the development in early summer, with homes available towards the end of 2015.”