Furious residents oppose plans to convert Covenham pub into housing

The New Plough, Covenham St Bartholomew. EMN-150311-110503001
The New Plough, Covenham St Bartholomew. EMN-150311-110503001

Planning chiefs say a derelict village pub should be turned into housing - despite dozens of objections from worried residents.

A planning application submitted to East Lindsey District Council by Mr J Bland proposes the New Plough pub in Main Road, Covenham St Bartholomew, should be converted into three houses, with an additional house to be built on land to the west of 
the existing building.

The site plan, with some objections noted.

The site plan, with some objections noted.

A decision on the fate of the pub was set to be made by ELDC planning officers, but they decided it should be put to the planning committee after a large number of objections 
were received.

One concerned resident wrote: “To lose this last social amenity would be 
the demise of the village.

“These villages need rejuvenation in order to attract more people to move here and sell the houses.”

Another resident added: “To lose this public house would be devastating to all, and possibly the last nail in the village’s coffin.”

The planning committee is now set to make a decision tomorrow (November 5), with offiers recommending the plans should be ‘approved with conditions’.

The recommendation comes in spite of the fact that dozens of objections and representations against the development have been submitted to ELDC, with only three residents writing to express their support.

Covenham Parish Council has also strongly objected to the plans, on the grounds of the effect on listed buildings nearby, the overbearing nature of the proposal, traffic generation on a dangerous bend, loss of ecological habitats, and the capacity of the drainage and sewage systems - with fears over surface water flooding.

A supporter of the proposal said: “Having spoken to quite a few villagers, they like myself are frustrated at the way the site has been left.

“Surely it would be better to accept this redevelopment rather than allow the building to deteriorate further. Those few villagers that want it to remain as a pub are 
clearly deluded.”

Another supporter added: “I urge you to accept this revised proposal so that, after months and months of the site looking like a 
derelict bomb site, we can finally move on.”

The New Plough was the subject of a previous planning application in 2012, which would have seen a single house built on the car park alongside the pub.

However, this was rejected, and a subsequent appeal was dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.

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