A new era has begun at a former school site in Oakham where a housing developer is building 61 homes.
The former Parks School building off Barleythorpe Road has been demolished to make way for the homes at Huntsman Drive.
The development, which is being undertaken by Bellway, will extend across part of the adjoining field previously owned by Tresham College.
The remainder of the field will be maintained by Oakham Town Council as a public open space and Bellway will contribute to its upkeep.
The developer will also create 22 parking spaces for residents of Barleythorpe Road.
Sales director for Bellway East Midlands, Ben Smith, said: “We are excited that work has started on our second development in Rutland.
“There has been a lot of interest in homes at Huntsman Drive - one has already been reserved through our sales office at The Maltings. Huntsman Drive will deliver 21 affordable homes and Bellway is committed to investing in infrastructure within Oakham.
“We are also pleased to be creating parking spaces for Barleythorpe Road residents to help relieve traffic congestion in the area.”
Huntsman Drive is a development of two, three and four-bedroom homes.
As part of its planning agreement Bellway will contribute more than £390,000 towards community facilities and services.
This includes almost £300,000 towards children and young people’s services, just under £30,000 for health services and more than £20,000 for policing.
The land at Huntsman Drive was jointly marketed by Tresham College and Rutland County Council.
The Parks School has moved to Burley Road where it shares a site with Oakham CE Primary School. Tresham College sold its land following the closure of The Rutland College in 2010. The college has been replaced by Rutland County College in Barleythorpe.
Bellway will be selling three, four and five-bedroom homes at The Maltings in Barleythorpe.
For more information call 01572 492626 or visit www.bellway.co.uk