Developers unveil plans for 200 homes in Barleythorpe

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A PLANNING application for an “urban extension” of 200 homes in Barleythorpe has been submitted to Rutland County Council.

The application is for the second phase of the Oakham Heights estate and will be built by Bellway Homes and landowners Hawskmead in a joint effort.

The homes will be built on land stretching from the roundabout between Langham and Barleythorpe and along Burley Park Way adjacent to the road.

In the initial outline planning application for 1,100 homes across the whole site, which was approved by Rutland County Council early last year, the land is marked as sections three, seven and eight of the development.

As it was only an outline plan for the entire site which was approved by the council, Hawksmead will submit smaller applications for each of the phases of the development, which will be built over a 15- year period.

The first phase application for 142 homes, allotments and parkland has already been approved and is currently being built in Oakham next to the Stable Yard estate.

The latest application for 200 homes will include 31 affordable homes and will feature houses and apartments.

At a meeting of Langham Parish Council on Monday evening, residents from Barleythorpe and Langham met Ben Stacey, from Bellway Homes, who gave a presentation on the new development.

The meeting was attended by about 25 members of the public who were interested to hear more about the plans.

The new homes will be accessed from the roundabout and from a new road being built in Lands’ End Way in Oakham.

The main development has been designed to look like a village, including a mix of house types, some on-road parking and pedestrian areas. A key feature is an area of parkland which will be seen from the roundabout when approaching Barleythorpe from Langham.

It will act as the entrance to the new estate and the developers say it will shield the development from the road.

Concerns were raised at the meeting on Monday about the carbon footprint of the homes and about traffic exiting the estate.

At the meeting it was suggested by Barleythorpe residents that, as traffic from the new development will be exiting on to Main Road, Barleythorpe, close to the Oakham bypass, a weight limit sign and a “Barleythorpe village only” sign be put up by the council on the Langham side of the roundabout to encourage drivers to use the bypass rather than drive through the village.

There were also concerns that the new homes would not have solar panels on the roofs as stated in the outline plan and that the carbon footprint of the estate would be affected.

The full planning application can be seen online at www.rutland.gov.uk and its number is APP/2012/0495, or at Rutland County Council offices in Catmose, Oakham.