Rutland County Council gives green light to controversial 102-home estate in Oakham

Plans for a 102-home estate in Oakham that have been at the centre of controversy have been given the green light.

Rutland County Council has granted permission to builder Jeakins Weir for the development on land to the west of Uppingham Road.

The estate will have 102 homes ranging in size from five bedroom detached properties to two bedroom terraces. They will include 34 affordable houses, 24 of which will be rented and 10 shared ownership. There will also be two playareas.

The estate will be built in several phases and will include new access from Uppingham Road.

The detailed plans were approved at a development control and licensing committee meeting yesterday (Tuesday) after officers recommended the development goes ahead.

Outline plans for the site were refused by Rutland County Council in February 2011 because it objected to the development of the open countryside.

Jeakins Weir then appealed and fought the council at a planning inquiry, saying that the homes were needed to meet Government housing requirements.

Rutland County Council’s core strategy, which sets out the need for development in the area, required a minimum of 1,100 homes to be built by 2026.

The council said the target would be met by developer Hawksmead’s housing development to the north of Oakham. Jeakins Weir argued there would be a shortfall and the homes were needed to fulfil the target.

The application received objections from Oakham Town Council and local residents.

Issues raised included concerns over the safety of children by the river that runs through the development, loss of hedges, and parking in Uppingham Road and Cricket Lawns, and the impact on Oakham Surgery. The council said the site was an important open space and a key approach to the town.

Conditions attached to the planning consent state that the developer must improve the screening that borders the south of the estate, as well as moving a garage further away from it.