Cowbit pub campaigners are left ‘extremely disappointed’

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Campaigners from Cowbit have said they are “extremely disappointed” a plan to build a residential development has been submitted for the site on which the only pub in the village sat.

The site of the Ye Olde Dun Cow in Cowbit was bought by Market Homes Ltd, who have demolished the remains of the fire-wrecked pub to make way for housing.

Concerns were raised about the loss of the village’s only pub when planning officers said that Market Homes Ltd was in a difficult position, due to the fact that it had paid a much higher price than those who wanted to restore it as a pub and could not restore the pub without incurring a financial loss.

However, they then went on to say the planning system does not exist to “insulate private developers from commercial risk” and that the application made by Market Homes Ltd would be decided on “planning policy”.

The submitted plans for the site on Barrier Bank in the village comprise of four two-bedroom houses, four three-bedroom houses and one four-bedroom house.

The Ye 0lde Dun Cow closed in March 2012, but was severely damaged when a fire broke out in October of the same year which was suspected arson.

Some 700 people had backed a petition to restore the pub to its former glory and the campaign had also been backed by MP, John Hayes and CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).

A statement from the committee in charge of the campaign said: “We are trying to organise a meeting with Market Homes Ltd to discuss a way forward.”