Appeal to villagers to fight proposal for 1,100 homes

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ANONYMOUS letters have been sent to people urging them to fight plans for 1,100 new homes.

Rutland County Council has already approved outline plans for Hawksmead to build homes and community facilities in Oakham but residents in Langham have been asked to oppose the decision.

Several villagers have contacted Langham Parish Council, assuming it had sent the letters, but chairman Peter Duncan says this is not the case.

He said: “We want it to be known that we didn’t send these letters. The parish council organised a meeting in October to discuss some of the issues around the Hawksmead development but now it has been approved, it’s fair to say our concerns have been taken into account and we have no interest in trying to disrupt or oppose the development.”

The mystery letters arrived at homes in the village last week.

They included an introductory letter outlining why the anonymous author is contacting the Government to call in the planning application for its own approval.

The writer states that Rutland County Council should have waited until the Government reviews its Core Strategy Policy on future developments in the county before voting on the Hawksmead plans.

The letter says: “It seems sensible that planning permission should not have been awarded until after the Government has reviewed the strategy of building 1,100 houses on this site.”

The writer also included a draft letter for residents to sign and a stamped addressed envelope for them to send it directly to the Government.

Mr Duncan, of Burley Road, Langham, said: “I would encourage people to use the stamp on something more useful than this. The parish council has no interest in creating further obstruction to Hawksmead as it will involve additional legal expenses for Rutland County Council and we don’t want money to be wasted.”