Positive response to plans for 75 homes in Uppingham

Bloor Homes shows off plans to build 75 new homes in Uppingham. Joanne and Jess Wade speak with Lee Griffin and Richard Sutcliffe-Smith. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-13-05-15-00 EMN-150514-095758001
Bloor Homes shows off plans to build 75 new homes in Uppingham. Joanne and Jess Wade speak with Lee Griffin and Richard Sutcliffe-Smith. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-13-05-15-00 EMN-150514-095758001

Plans for 75 new homes in Uppingham were met with positive reactions from housebuyers at both ends of the spectrum.

Bloor Homes held an exhibition at Uppingham Town Hall on Wednesday to show its proposals to develop land to the south of Leicester Road.

Bloor Homes shows off plans to build 75 new homes in Uppingham. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-13-05-15-00 EMN-150514-095809001

Bloor Homes shows off plans to build 75 new homes in Uppingham. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-13-05-15-00 EMN-150514-095809001

Plenty of people cast their eyes over the plans, and most were pleased with what they saw.

Ash Close resident Jenny Clarke, 65, was interested to see what would be offered for older people.

She said: “Where I live, the house is lovely but it’s got a very steep front garden. I’m looking at what future builds are taking the needs of the older generation into account.

“A lot of people are living longer and want to remain independent. They don’t want to be a drain on the resources of the area. Are the developers taking that into consideration?”

Jenny added: “I’m concerned about sheltered housing and for older people coming from villages into the town.

“I’m also quite interested to see how they are integrating wildlife, like the pond feature.”

Younger housebuyers were also interested to see what Bloor was offering. Jess Wade, 20, said she already lived in Uppingham but was looking to buy a house with her boyfriend.

She added: “I moved here two years ago. I’m now looking to buy my first home with my boyfriend but I want to stay in Uppingham.

“My boyfriend wants a garage, and I want a more modern house.

“If this development comes around then it’s something I would be looking at.”

Bloor Homes Midlands regional sales manager Anne Cadman said: “We’ve been very pleased with the feedback and pleasingly, the vast majority told us they believed the development would make a welcome addition to the town.”

A public discussion on the plans took place last night at an Uppingham Neighbourhood Forum meeting.