Plans for 164 homes in Oakham are set for approval

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The next phase of a major housing development in Oakham could be approved early in the new year including 32 affordable homes.

Rutland County Council’s development control and licensing committee will consider an application by developers Hawksmead and Charles Church Developments at its next meeting on Tuesday, January 8.

The application is a reserved matters application for 164 homes, including 32 affordable homes.

Hawksmead has outline permission for 1,100 homes as part of its Oakham North development, which will be built over 15 years and is submitting the applications in phases.

This latest application forms two phases, the fourth and fifth, and includes a mixture of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses.

Planning officers are recommending the application be approved but say there are issues with the design and layout of the proposed development.

In a report ahead of the meeting, officers said one of the phases was “considerably denser than the masterplan”.

They also said that future developments could also have more homes than originally envisaged, because one phase called Woodland Drive has 81 homes when it was originally planned to have 119.

Officers said this was favourable because Woodland Drive was closer to residential properties in Barleythorpe village.

This application also includes a large open space with two playareas.