Developers pleased with reaction to plans for 143 homes in Oakham

Hawksmead planning director Richard Edwards at the public exhibition showing the plans and details of phase one of the Oakham North Hawksmead development Photo: SM180711-'011ow

Hawksmead planning director Richard Edwards at the public exhibition showing the plans and details of phase one of the Oakham North Hawksmead development Photo: SM180711-'011ow

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PEOPLE have reacted “positively” to plans to build 143 homes in Oakham.

Hawksmead is due to put in a planning application for the homes at the beginning of August for the first phase of homes, which will be part of the 1,100 Oakham North development. It started consultation on phase one on Monday.

The plans went on show at Hawksmead’s sales centre, off Lands’ End Way in Oakham, on Monday and Hawksmead’s strategic projects director Paul Bywater said about 45 people visited to look at them.

The display included a map showing where the various phases of development will be and artists’ impressions of what it will look like once it is built.

Mr Bywater said: “It was a really good day and we were pleased with the number of people who came.

“There was certainly a steady stream of people.

“Most were there just to find out more about what the proposals were and in the vast majority, they were happy with what they saw.”

The 143 homes would be built on land between the bypass and Barleythorpe Road, behind generator firm Mecc Alte. There will also be allotments and an area of open space known as Hawksmead Park.

Mr Bywater said there had been a lot of interest in the allotments and that the firm intended to discuss its plans with the allotment society.

He added: “It is pleasing that people support what we are doing and we are looking forward to putting in the planning application.”

The plans will stay on show at the sales centre until Friday and they are also available to view online at www.hawksmead.co.uk.

Hawksmead hopes to start building the first phase of homes in January and an application for the second phase is likely to be submitted within a year.

The entire development will be built over 15 years.

The developer was finally given outline planning permission last week for 1,100 homes, a new showground for Rutland Agricultural Society and sporting facilities. Councillors agreed to approve the outline plans in January but permission was granted only after Hawksmead finalised the details of its section 106 agreement with the council. This is a deal in which the developer agrees to provide facilities or gives money to provide facilities.