Inquiry hears calls to save pub site

DEMOLITION JOB: Rubble ' the site of Ye Olde Dun Cow earlier this year.
DEMOLITION JOB: Rubble ' the site of Ye Olde Dun Cow earlier this year.
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Cowbit villagers spoke at a planning inquiry in Spalding on Tuesday in a bid to save Ye Olde Dun Cow site from being used for a housing development.

County councillor Richard Fairman, who has lived in the village for 40 years, said: “It’s one of those amenities a village should have to be complete.”

The fire-wrecked pub was demolished earlier this year when developer Market Homes applied for planning consent, saying the building was unsafe.

An earlier application for demolition, coupled with a bid to put nine homes on the site, was rejected last year after the site was placed on the community assets register, meaning it was to be preserved as a pub site.

The company has appealed against planning refusal and has now submitted a fresh planning application for homes on the site.

Coun Fairman says the loss of the pub has had an impact on the value of houses in Cowbit because people looking to buy want to have a pub within a short walking distance of their homes.

He said: “A walk with the dog is the shortest distance between two pints.”

Coun Fairman’s home in Stonegate was once a pub, called The Railway Hotel, and he says the village once supported seven pubs.

He said his gut feeling was that the inquiry “went in our favour”.