A housing company is making a fresh bid to demolish Cowbit’s only pub, the fire-wrecked Ye Olde Dun Cow, and build homes on the site.
Market Homes Ltd say the pub should come down because it’s “not safe” – and has submitted a planning application for its demolition to South Holland District Council.
The application says rubble from the demolition will be “used on redevelopments on the site”.
Last October South Holland District Council refused the company’s application for demolition of the pub and the building of nine houses – and placed the derelict pub on the community assets register.
Gareth Edwards, from the company’s architects Swann Edwards, told the Free Press that Market Homes is “potentially looking at either reapplying or appealing” so it can build houses there.
He said rubble from the demolition would be used for pathways to the houses.
More than 700 villagers last year signed a petition to save the pub and members of the Save Ye Olde Dun Cow Campaign won backing from South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes and CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).
South Holland District Council’s planning committee rejected the original plan, saying the developer hadn’t shown there was no need for a pub in the village.
Jonathan Matthews, spokesman for the Save Ye Old Dun Cow Campaign, was not available for comment this week.