First glimpse of how development will look

An artist's impression of how the Hawksmead development Oakham North will look
An artist's impression of how the Hawksmead development Oakham North will look
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THE developers of a 1,100 home project have released images of how the area will look when it is completed.

Hawksmead was given outline planning permission for Oakham North last month and is now working on planning applications for the first phase of about 130 homes which it hopes to start building on the land behind Mecc Alte in Lands’ End Way next year.

The community could start to reap the rewards of the development as soon as next year when the new Rutland Agricultural Society showground is created. Hawksmead says the Rutland County Show, which is currently held at Burley-on-the-Hill, will be able to use the showground in 2012.

The sports pitches that are on the current showground site in Barleythorpe Road will be moved north of Burley Park Way in the next three years when their new facilities are ready.

Hawksmead strategic projects director Paul Bywater said: “The showground is quite a simple task because it will just mean sprucing up the agricultural land that is already there.”

Hawksmead says it will also start work on a retirement care community and community centre next year creating job opportunities as it build.

It is in talks with Rutland County College to provide work experience and apprenticeship schemes for students training to go into the building and business trades.

Mr Bywater said: “Rutland County Council is very keen to keep young people in the county and by doing this we will be able to provide jobs and attainable housing for them.”

Hawksmead planning director Richard Edwards added: “What people have to remember is that this is a 15-year project so we will provide employment for that period and beyond.”

It is expected the entire development including a family hotel and Marston’s pub will create about 2,200 jobs in the county if all of the plans are approved by Rutland County Council.

Mr Edwards added: “The licence for the pub has been approved so that is moving forward.

“We now want to stay in touch with people in Oakham and the villages to hear their suggestions and comments about the plans.”

Corby-based developer Jeakins Weir which wants to build about 100 homes in Uppingham Road, Oakham, and was refused permission last week.

It has has written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, asking him to call in the Hawksmead decision for his own determination because it says the Local Development Framework outlining how the county should be developed in the future has not yet been approved by the Government.