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Plans for 3000 homes at St George's Barracks draw criticism from surrounding villagers

The plans were unveiled to the public in Oakham last Friday, and have already drawn an angry reaction from villagers in nearby North Luffenham and Edith Weston.

Paul Cummings, chairman of North Luffenham Parish Council, has accused the county council of breaking earlier key commitments about the nature and scale of the project.

He said: "It is now clear that the brief given to the planners was to design a new town of more than 3,000 new homes, regardless of how much land was available after the designation of the vast quarry site.

"As a result, the proposal now includes swathes of terraced homes, town houses and apartment blocks, none of which can be found in any typical Rutland village. What is proposed is a new dormitory town stuck in the heart of this rural county.

"It could have been designed for anywhere, with precious disregard for everything that makes Rutland special.

"This cannot be considered to be right for Rutland - there is nothing in the plan that will attract tourism, our highest income earner.

"The scope of the planners is limited."

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