Green light given for 200 homes on estate near Oakham

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PLANS for the second phase of a major housing development near Oakham have been given the go-ahead.

Rutland County Council’s development control and licensing committee approved plans for 200 properties to be built on the land next to the bypass between Langham and Barleythorpe but raised a number of concerns about the plans. Various conditions will be imposed to address their concerns.

Developers Hawksmead and Bellway Homes submitted the application and the plans for the second phase of the Oakham Heights development.

But the committee had concerns about an area that would include 31 affordable homes, 20 of which are in a small area.

Councillors believed the homes would be too close to each other and not in keeping with the rest of the site.

Speaking at the meeting, Coun Terry King (Con) said: “I support the proposals but I cannot support the plans for the 20 affordable houses which Hawksmead wants to build.

“I do not want to see affordable housing in lumps around the site.

“More than 15 in a cluster is a step too far. To fill the area with 15 properties has to be the maximum.”

Coun James Lammie (Con) agreed, saying 20 properties should be far more spread out on the site.

The properties in the affordable housing area will be 55 per cent rented and 45 per cent shared ownership. Councillors said they would rather see a 60/40 per cent split.

The committee also wants to know more about what materials will be used for the properties, including the energy efficiency of the homes.

Coun Marc Oxley (Lib Dem) said he would like to see the designs of the homes.

He said: “I would like to see actual photos of what the houses would look like, and not just sketched designs.

“It would give us much more of an idea of what we are seeing.”

Vice-chairman of the committee Coun Edward Baines (Con) added: “I share the concerns that we should have a variety of materials and variety of distinctive designs, which should be traditional but have an impact.”

Hawksmead has outline permission for 1,100 homes to be built over 15 years and is submitting the full applications in phases.