Residents of Branston Road in Uppingham launch forum to fight housing plans

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RESIDENTS living near a proposed housing development have set up a forum to fight the plans.

A meeting was held at Uppingham Methodist Church on Saturday for people in Branston Road, Uppingham, to voice their concerns about plans by Spire Homes to build affordable and social housing.

Suzy Smalley and Chris Merricks, who both live in Branston Road, organised the meeting.

Mr Merricks said: “There was a reasonable turnout to the meeting. I would say there was between 30 and 40 people.

“It was really a meeting to get the residents together and see who was concerned about the plans.”

As a result of the meeting, some residents have agreed to form a forum to gather people’s views and meet with Spire Homes.

Mr Merricks said Spire Homes, which has outlined its plans to residents, is proposing to build 50 homes on three sites in Branston Road, including the former Samuel Court site, and demolish more than 60 garages in the area.

He said: “Hopefully with the forum we can speak to Spire Homes about the proposals and talk about some of the objections.

“The majority of people seemed to agree that they’ve no problems with building there, just not on such a big scale.”

Mr Merricks said the forum would aim to speak to representatives from Spire Homes before it submits its planning application.

Spire Homes has said it will submit an application in September or October and that plans are not yet finalised.

No-one from Spire Homes attended the meeting.