Developer gets go ahead to build homes on site of former bungalow in Oakham

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A housing developer has been given the go ahead to build 11 homes on the site of a former bungalow in Oakham despite several objections.

Rutland County Council gave approval to the application by David Miller Homes for the development on land in Braunston Road at a development control and licensing committee meeting yesterday (Tuesday).

The plans include five two-bedroom and five three-bedroom houses, plus a one-bedroom flat, as well as a 22-space car park and small gardens for each property.

The developer’s application was previously refused, when councillors went against recommendation from planning officers at a previous meeting because of a lack of access for emergency services, a lack of discrete storage for waste bins and inappropriate designs at the site.

The developer then amended the plans and its latest application has been approved, along with a string of conditions attached to it.

They include that no development should take place until details of external facing and roofing material have been agreed by the planning authority, no drainage work should commence until a surface water management strategy has been submitted, and the development must start within three years.

The committee also considered objections from two neighbours and Oakham Town Council.

The town council said that the height of the development is excessive and not in keeping with the area.

Nearby residents also raised concerns that the buildings would be out of character with the area, that there would be increased parking in Braunston Road and that consent would lead to further applications of the same nature.