Plans to turn Lonsdale House site in Oakham into retirement complex

Tthe former Lonsdale House site in Barleythorpe Road, Oakham, where McCarthy and Stone plans to build retirement apartments. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-22-09-15-aw004 EMN-150922-144910001
Tthe former Lonsdale House site in Barleythorpe Road, Oakham, where McCarthy and Stone plans to build retirement apartments. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-22-09-15-aw004 EMN-150922-144910001

Plans have been unveiled for a retirement complex in Oakham and people are being urged to have their say to help shape the plans.

A public exhibition will be held on Tuesday (September 29) at Oakham Rugby Club, off Burley Park Way, between 3pm and 7pm to give residents the opportunity to view and comment on McCarthy and Stone’s preliminary plans to redevelop the former Lonsdale House site in Barleythorpe Road in Oakham.

McCarthy and Stone plan to redevelop this site with about 43 one and two-bedroom apartments, specifically designed to meet the needs of local people in later life, together with car parking and professionally landscaped gardens.

The sale of the site was arranged through Rigby and Co, a commercial property firm based in Derby, on behalf of Tresham College.

Regional managing director at McCarthy and Stone Mark Wright said: “We have spent time carefully researching the architecture and character of the local area, and our proposals feature a traditional design.

“We’ve worked hard to make sure our proposal for the site feels like it belongs to Oakham.”

Mr Wright said the plans would be displayed at the public exhibition and the project team will be there to answer questions on the proposals, before a planning application is submitted.

He added: “The comments we receive will help us tailor our proposal into something people will want to see, enjoy and call home.”

Russell Rigby, of the agents for the site Rigby and Co, said: “We are very pleased to have successfully sold this site to McCarthy and Stone and we are particularly grateful for the speedy and straight forward way all matters were concluded within a short timescale.”

Lonsdale House was formerly a boarding school for students at Rutland County College, which was owned by Tresham.

It has been closed and derelict for at least five years and has been subjected to a series of arson attacks over the years, prompting police and fire services to issue warnings to stay away from the building.

Residents can find out more by calling the McCarthy and Stone freephone information line on 0800 298 7040 or visit www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/oakham.