Plans to build 1,100 homes in Oakham pass first hurdle

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AN outline planning application to build 1,100 homes in Oakham was approved by Rutland County Council last night. (Monday)

The building control and licensing committee supported developer Hawksmead’s proposals of Oakham North on the grounds that it was in line with the Local Development Framework which has already been approved.

The policy outlines how the council expects Rutland to grow in size and where development should take place from now until 2026.

The plan includes developing the existing showground in Barleythorpe Road into a housing estate including a community centre, playareas and a business park and moving the showground and sports pitches north of the bypass.

Despite hesitations from members of the planning committee over some of the finer details, it was approved with the intention to debate the plans at a more detailed stage.

Coun Janine Rodger (Con) said: “These policies [The Local Development Framework] have already been adopted by us as a way forward and this area has been identified by us for development.

“It’s not often that this type of application comes along and it is difficult to see the wood through the trees.

“There are things I’m concerned about but they are not things to worry about in an outline application.”

Coun Richard Gale (Ind), ward member for Oakham North West where the development will be built, was the only committee member to vote against the application on the grounds that it was too big and should be considered in smaller applications over the 15-year development timescale.