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Nursery owners behind plans for new homes in Cowbit

The amount of new homes in Cowbit could grow after plans were put in for another development in the village.

A scheme to build nine single or two-storey homes on nearly one and a half acres of land off Barrier Bank has been submitted by Richard and Karen Barker.

The couple, who run Ash Tree Nursery Ltd in the village, want to demolish a number of greenhouses and other buildings at the proposed site and replace them with the new homes.

A planning statement on behalf of the Barkers said: "The application site forms part of the ripple of development which characterises this part of the village.

"The site has a varied history, having been used at various times as the Phoenix Zoological Bird Sanctuary, a garden centre, tea rooms and a caravan site.

"Planning permission has recently been granted for residential development to the west of the land which will increase the depth of development into the countryside.

"This, therefore, opens up the potential for residential development on the application site and the extent of this reflects the character of the surrounding development."

Cowbit Parish Council has raised no objections to the plans, despite the statement acknowledging concerns that "the site consists of the best and most versatile land" for agriculture.

But the Barkers pointed to permission having been given by South Holland District Council for five new homes on the site of a former haulage business in Cowbit.

South Holland District Council, Spalding (2102059)
South Holland District Council, Spalding (2102059)

The statement said: "The application site has had several uses over the years which have all impacted on the land.

"Accordingly, it would not be economically viable to return it to agricultural production."

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