Wherry Trust reveals plans for 20 houses and 40 allotment spaces in Bourne

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PLANS have been unveiled for 20 houses and 40 allotment spaces in Bourne.

Businessman James Wherry is behind the proposals for the housing, including six affordable homes, and the gardening plots for land off Beaufort Drive.

He has submitted the plans to South Kesteven District Council.

The site is not earmarked for housing policies, but Mr Wherry says the development would bring many benefits to the town.

He said: “There would be lots of benefits if these were to be given approval.

“I am hoping to sell individual housing plots to local builders because they are finding it difficult to find plots in the town, and there is a need for allotments in the town too.”

In his design and access statement to the council, Mr Wherry’s agent Mike Sibthorp said: “Recent district council documents have identified that within Bourne there is a substantial unmet need for allotment space.

“The existing allotments, owned by Bourne Town Council and Bourne United Charities, are both fully tenanted and the waiting lists for both sites stand at well in excess of five years.

“There are no proposals by public or charitable bodies to make more allotment space available.”

Mr Wherry says the development would bring allotments to the west side of town. The currents ones are in the east. The application says there are areas of land with consent for homes but they are in the hands of big housebuilders. Mr Wherry says individual plots would be available for local builders.

Mr Wherry, of Stamford Road, Market Deeping, owns family firm Wherry and Sons which produces pulses in Cherry Holt Road, Bourne. He said: “If we get planning permi-ssion we would like to make a start on our plans as soon as possible.”

The land is owned by The Wherry

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Trust, which was set up by Mr Wherry.

The town council’s allotments are in South Fen Road, and Bourne United Charities’ plots are in Road.

Mr Wherry’s business has also applied to change the old Rippingale Primary School into offices.

He wants to move his company’s headquarters from its current site in Cherry Holt Road to the village because the school is the right size for them and it is closer to where some of his employees live.

Mr Wherry said: “The company has been in Bourne for more than 200 years, so it will be quite an exciting move for us if we get permission.”

The district council received his application for this proposal on Tuesday last week.

Rippingale Primary School closed its doors in July 2007 because of falling pupil numbers. The building has been standing empty since then.