The Masterplanning team was initially instructed to produce a vision document to support the promotion of a 16.5 Ha site for residential development in Oakham, Rutland, and were again instructed to prepare an outline planning application for up to 200 homes.
We worked alongside the client, the Carter Jonas planning team, technical consultants on drainage, highways and landscape, to produce a concept masterplan and detailed layout which responded to the key specifications set out in the draft allocation policy. This included prioritising walking and cycling connections into Oakham and the retention of key views out to Burley and Burley Wood to the north and east respectively.
The project demonstrates how a high quality new neighbourhood could be delivered in this location, providing a mix of new homes within walking distance of the amenities in Oakham, and a transition from town to countryside. The outline application was approved by Rutland County Council in October, 2022.
Our proposal included:
- 200 new homes, including 30% affordable homes and 5% self-build;
- 6.5 hectares of public open space;
- Walking and cycling infrastructure with off-site upgrades into Oakham; and
- Community allotments.