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Hawksmead is a development company with a mission – a mission to help build a new community in Oakham and integrate it with the rest of the town.
The company is responsible for planning and the provision of major infrastructure in Oakham Heights, a major urban expansion of Oakham being built on land between the Oakham bypass and Barleythorpe Road. In total, around 1,000 high quality homes – including ‘affordable’ homes for local people – will eventually be constructed in a number of phases as part of a development programme running until around 2027.
In addition to new housing, the overall planning approval for Oakham Heights includes around 30 acres of offices as well as parks and open spaces, children’s play areas, allotments and a new local centre. The plans also include a new hotel with an adjoining pub/restaurant, enhancements to the ecology of Barleythorpe Brook which runs through the site and improved transport links with new cycle, footpath and bus routes.
Integral parts of the development will be a new permanent enhanced and enlarged home for the Rutland County Show and new improved facilities for the town’s football, rugby and other clubs which will double the size of the current Rutland Agricultural Society playing fields.
The plans for Oakham Heights also include a 100 unit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) and 60 bed care home. These will provide a range of facilities such as communal lounges, a restaurant, fitness suite, cinema and library for their residents. They will offer a range of ‘living options’ – from independent and assisted living to nursing and dementia care for people with greater care needs.
Hawksmead will contribute to other community facilities in the town and nearby areas including:
• Health and medical services.
• Library services.
• Museum and archive services.
• Oakham town centre improvements.
• Highways and transportation improvements.
• Civic waste, amenity and recycling services.
• Affordable housing.
• Sports facilities (in addition to the extensive facilities to be provided as part of the development).
• Fire and rescue services.
• Police and community safety.
• Adult social services.
• Youth services.
• Pre-school, primary, secondary and post-16 education.
The development will create around 1,000 new jobs and future development could take the total to around 2,000 jobs. In addition, the construction of the site will offer many temporary and long term construction jobs over the anticipated 15 year development programme as well as providing opportunities for local subcontractors and suppliers to assist in the provision of construction materials and skills.
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