Concerns raised as Spire Homes plans to build 38 homes in Uppingham

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A developer wants to build 38 homes on land in Uppingham but some neighbours have raised concerns about the plans.

Spire Homes plans to construct 17 houses and flats on brownfield land off Branston Road, following the demolition of the sheltered accommodation at Samuel Court. The rest of the homes would be on two other sites off Branston Road.

A planning application has been submitted to Rutland County Council, which includes a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes on the three sites on the land.

The development will also be a mix of affordable rent, shared ownership and privately owned properties.

There will also be 90 parking spaces for the three sites in courtyard parking areas.

The size and design of the units is similar to the existing neighbouring homes and the developer is looking to keep the existing trees and hedges.

If the application is approved, a row of garages on the site will be demolished.

Residents in Branston Road and neighbouring roads have been consulted on the plans and several have voiced their disapproval at the potential development.

Speaking on behalf of the Branston Road forum in a letter of objection to Rutland County Council, Janet Marlow said the development would cause dangerous parking and traffic problems on an already congested road; a loss of privacy; an increase in crime; and a loss of a valued green area which is used by children in the area.

The development would be on land earmarked for housing in the Uppingham Town Neighbourhood Plan, a document that highlights where and how the town can be developed. A draft of the plan is complete and is ready to be sent to Rutland County Council before it goes to a local referendum. If 50 per cent of the voters approve the contents of the plan, Rutland County Council must bring it into force.

To see the application in full, visit