Registered address: Hawksmead Ltd, Larkfleet House, Falcon Way, Bourne, Lincs, PE10 0FF
Delivering homes, jobs and community facilities
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, 1,100 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 to 1,200 jobs and future development could take the total to around 2,200 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.
Commercial and planning arrangements
Hawksmead is part of the Larkfleet Group which owns the land on which Oakham Heights is being built.
Hawksmead is responsible for the overall planning of Oakham Heights and for ensuring the provision of major infrastructure – roads, water supplies, drainage, etc – that is needed to permit development to proceed.
Housing is being developed by Larkfleet Homes – also part of the Larkfleet Group – and by other housebuilders. Specialist healthcare and retirement living developer Larkpoint is developing the continuing care retirement community (CCRC) and care home.
Shops, offices and other commercial buildings will be developed by separate companies which will purchase land from Larkfleet Group.
Each individual housing and commercial development will need to fit in with the master plan developed by Hawksmead and approved by Rutland County Council. Each development will also have to obtain detailed planning consent from the council.
A separate management company will be established to look after the open spaces and some of the community facilities at Oakham Heights.
Before the development was formally named as Oakham Heights it was known, for planning purposes, as ‘Oakham North’. The plans were developed over a period of eight years with extensive public consultation prior to granting of outline planning consent by Rutland County Council in 2011.
First new homes
The first new homes at Oakham Heights are at Leighfield Park which offers traditional styled two, three, four and five-bedroom properties. All 143 properties at Leighfield Park will have solar PV (photovoltaic) panels fitted as standard so homebuyers can benefit from reduced energy bills. Larkfleet will also make allotments available for all residents in order to encourage a sustainable lifestyle and community.
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