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The Oakham South and West Action Group enlists to help of parents from Brooke Hill Academy to oppose proposed 139-home development in fields of Brooke Road in the Rutland town

A campaign group that opposes the potential building of 139 houses has enlisted the help of parents in its campaign.

The Oakham South and West Action Group is against the plan for the homes on the fields off Brooke Road that have been included in Rutland County Council’s draft local plan and would be built by Taylor Wimpey.

Action group members say the proposed development would increase traffic on Brooke Road and add to congestion in the area when the level crossing gates are down.

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They believe it would generate an extra 300 to 400 cars.

On Monday and Tuesday last week, the group engaged with parents at Brooke Hill Academy to get their views on the proposals.

According to Monica Stark, the Oakham South and West Action Group’s coordinator, there were 137 responses from the parents.

She said comments included that the proposals would “make the traffic even worse”, “It’s bad enough with with school traffic, so adding more houses would be a nightmare and unsafe.”

Monica, 63, who lives in Brooke Road, said: “It was part of our campaign to stop the 139 houses from being built.

“We’ve been running a two-day campaign at Brooke Hill Academy because we wanted to get the parents involved in it.

“Brooke Road is already hazardous and on March 12 one of the pupils was knocked down by a car.

“This campaign has been going on for about three years now, ever since the draft Rutland local plan came out and earmarked the site for the 139 houses.

“It’s a ridiculous place to put them.”

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said: “The land off Brooke Road has a draft allocation in Rutland County Council’s emerging Local Plan.

“We will continue to work with the local authority to promote the site, which is in a highly sustainable location.”

The spokesman added that should an application be submitted, Taylor Wimpey would first talk about the plans with local stakeholders, including the local authorities and residents, during a consultation period.

Feedback given during this period would help shape the application before it is submitted to Rutland County Council for its decision.

The current Rutland local plan sets out planning policies for the county until 2026, but this is being updated and reviewed to be extended to 2036.

As part of the review, evidence is being examined for developments of up to 2,215 new homes at St George’s Barracks at North Luffenham and 7,500 homes on the site of the former RAF Woolfox site off the A1 north of Stamford.

Rutland County Council is looking to adopt the local plan later this year.

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