62-home scheme gets green light in Oakham

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National housebuilder Bellway has been given the go-ahead to begin work on a 62-home development in Oakham.

Bellway Eastern Counties has been granted planning permission by Rutland County Council to deliver the properties at Barleywoods off Braunston Road.

The scheme will include 43 three, four and five-bedroom houses for private sale and 19 affordable properties for rent or shared ownership.

Bellway will also create a children’s play area and an additional public open space on the 8.3-acre site.

Phil Standen, managing director of Bellway Eastern Counties, said: “We contacted residents in Oakham about our intention to build these new homes and we worked closely with Rutland County Council to ensure that our detailed plans for these 62 properties meet the needs of local people and the community.

“With detailed planning permission in place, we aim to start work imminently with a view to opening the development to visitors in spring 2023.

“We are anticipating a great deal of interest in the development, given its location on the edge of town which is home to regular markets and a host of shops, bars, pubs and restaurants.”

Standen added: “At Bellway we are proud of our recent track record of building more than 250 new homes in and around the beautiful market town of Oakham. We are well aware of the charming and rural nature of Rutland and see Barleywoods as natural continuation of our ongoing commitment to bring much-needed new homes to the town but to do it a manner which is sympathetic to the local area.”

The news comes after Bellway posted pre-tax profits of £650.4m for the year to 31 July but warned that its output could become “more moderate” due to the parlous state of the economy.