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Exhibition on proposed 7,500 home garden community at Woolfox in Rutland

An exhibition will be held on a proposed 7,500 home garden community at Woolfox.

There is a proposal to build the homes on the site of the former RAF base, just off the A1 in Rutland and estate agents Andrew Granger and Co are hosting the exhibition at the Victoria Hall in Oakham on April 12 from 10 am to 8 pm.

Woolfox plan(8223786)
Woolfox plan(8223786)

People will be able to view plans for the site as well as images of what the development could look like as well as the chance to speak to the people behind the proposals.

Andrew Granger, consultant on behalf of Woolfox Garden Village, said: “The concept of Woolfox Garden Village is to establish a thriving new community, where people can live and work without having to travel outside of the county.

“We are thrilled to be able to reveal plans to the general public, which are naturally at a very early stage however we are committed to working closely with Rutland County Council to deliver the vision.

“The community will include significant amounts of affordable housing along with associated amenities.”

The proposed development would sit on the site of the former airbase between Empingham and Greetham where Lancaster Bombers used to take off from.

A letter by Andrew Granger and Co sent to all Rutland County Councillors on behalf of the landowners the Hill Family, and seen by this newspaper in January, also outlined plans for 21 hectares of employment land and new schools, including a primary and secondary along with a sixth form.

There were also proposals for further education and a university ‘presence’ with one university indicating an ‘in-principle interest’.

At this stage, the process is being driven by a consultancy team from Andrew Granger and Co, directly under the stewardship of the landowner, the Hill family.

At an appropriate time, a lead developer will be appointed.

Should the proposals be included in Rutland County Council’s emerging local plan and planning permission, building could start in 2023.

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