Hundreds turn out at meeting to discuss Larkfleet housing plans

A draft masterplan for Larkfleet Homes' proposel development in Uppingham. EMN-140411-170623001
A draft masterplan for Larkfleet Homes' proposel development in Uppingham. EMN-140411-170623001
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Uppingham residents are “not going to roll over” and will do everything in their power to stop a developer building houses on land outside the designated area.

The unanimous stance came from more than 200 people who attended a public meeting held at Uppingham School on Tuesday to object to Larkfleet homes’s proposals to build 79 houses on a site in Ayston Road.

“Apart from the effect on the town, the development is close to the main road and will create a logjam in the mornings and evenings,” Richard Boston said, voicing his concern. “That is a major issue. There is a limit to how much traffic we can take.”

Christine White said: “They (the occupants) will be young families. There’s no way our schools could cope.”

Jilly Wright, who works in a town centre shop said: “Many people who come to the town say they cannot park, so they go. If people cannot park its going to be a nightmare for retailers. We don’t have the capacity.”

Ron Simpson, co-ordinator for Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum, who chaired the meeting said: “We are not against development. We just want it to be strategically placed so it improves the town,

“All forecasts for the junction (leading to the proposed development) is it’s going to be a very, very busy because it leads to an employment site and the doctors surgeries.”

The Bourne-based developer’s proposals are counter to the Neighbourhood Forum’s development framework that was approved by residents. It allocates three sites for development but not the Ayston Road site.

Larkfleet is seeking a judicial review on the grounds that where housing is located should be part of Rutland County Council’s site allocation policies and not a decision for Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum. The case will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice on November 13.

The Neighbourhood Forum’s main objections to the Ayston Road plans include:

l Very high density of 
homes;

l Entrance is a highways hazard;

l Is outside planned limit of development.

Warning that some 1,000 neighbourhood plans around the country stood to lose if the judicial review succeeded, Mr Simpson said: “We are not going to roll over and will do everything to make sure the Neighbourhood Plan stands.”

Resident Derek Stansby said: “The Larkfleet proposal effectively wrecks the agreed plan.”

Peter Baker, a former town councillor, said: “We have got to stand solidly behind our council to block this firm.”

Larkfleet Homes, who were not present, has started public consultation of the plans through a communications firm.

Residents can send their comments to consultation@athene-communications.co.uk or call freephone 0800 9755 852.