Plans for 75 homes in Uppingham to go on display

An indicative masterplan for Bloor Homes' proposed 75-home development in Leicester Road, Uppingham. EMN-150605-132605001
An indicative masterplan for Bloor Homes' proposed 75-home development in Leicester Road, Uppingham. EMN-150605-132605001

People have been urged to have their say on developer Bloor Homes’ plan to build 75 homes on the outskirts of Uppingham.

The firm has earmarked land south of Leicester Road, to the west of the town, for its proposed estate.

Bloor has drawn up initial plans for the site and will put them on public display at Uppingham Town Hall from 2pm to 7.30pm today (Wednesda)y.

The plan includes 75 detached, semi-detached and terraced homes. Thirty-five per cent will be classed as affordable homes for rent or shared ownership.

According to Bloor, the proposals help meet Rutland County Council’s current need for housing and also fit in with Uppingham’s Neighbourhood Plan.

The exhibition will be followed by the annual general meeting of the Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum, where people are invited to discuss Bloor’s proposals. The meeting will take place at 7.30pm tomorrow (Thursday) at the Falcon Hotel.

Under the plans a new roundabout would be built in Leicester Road to provide access to the new homes should Bloor win planning permission. The roundabout would also allow for development of land to the north.

Bloor says it has worked closely with Uppingham Town Council and the Neighbourhood Plan task group to come up with a proposal that would meet the town’s needs. The Neighbourhood Plan, which is currently being contested in the Court of Appeal, allows for at least 170 new homes in the town by 2026. Bloor’s site is among those recommended for housing development within the document.

The future of the Neighbourhood Plan is still uncertain, however, following an ongoing legal challenge from Larkfleet Homes.

The firm lost a judicial review against the plan in December. Larkfleet had argued that Rutland County Council should never have put the plan to a public referendum.

But lawyers for the county council argued the challenge had been brought by an “aggrieved” developer seeking to promote its own site off Ayston Road, which was not included in the plan.

The judge sided with the council, but Larkfleet has won permission to take its case to the Court of Appeal.