Views needed on Hawksmead plans for 143 homes in Oakham

PEOPLE will be able to have their say on plans to build 143 homes as part of a 1,100 home development.

Hawksmead will unveil its plans for phase one of its Oakham North development at a public exhibition on Monday. Phase one has 143 homes, including some affordable homes, allotments and an area of open space which will be known as Hawksmead Park, and will be built on land between the bypass and Barleythorpe Road, behind generator firm Mecc Alte.

There will be plans on display at the exhibition, which will be held at Hawksmead’s sales centre, off Lands’ End Way, Oakham, from 11am until 7pm.

Hawksmead strategic projects director Paul Bywater said: “We value what people think and we would hope to see people throughout the day on Monday looking at the plans.”

The plans will stay at the sales office until the end of the month and people can also comment on at www.hawksmead.co.uk.

It is hoped the planning application will be submitted early next month to Rutland County Council with building work due to start in January.

It comes as Hawksmead was finally granted outline planning permission on Monday. Councillors approved the plans in January but outline planning permission was not granted until this week as the council was in talks with Hawksmead over its section 106 agreement, a deal in which the developer will either provide facilities or give money to provide facilities.

Mr Bywater said: “We are delighted to have got the outline planning permission and to finally be moving forward with the plans. I have been working on this for nine years and it is exciting to finally be in this position. I think it is a good quality development, which has been developed in conjunction with the community and the council.”

The Oakham North development, which will be built over 15 years in 10 phases, also forms a big part of Rutland County Council’s core strategy, which was approved by councillors on Monday. The document details building in the county up until 2027.

Hawksmead is also working with pub chain Marstons to develop a pub and a hotel, as part of the development.

Councillors wanted the pub and restaurant to be more closely linked and it is hoped the applications will go back before councillors in August.