Planning permission for up to 75 homes in a Rutland village has been granted following an appeal by Pegasus Group.

Rutland County Council has agreed to the construction of the homes, which will include 30 per cent affordable properties, on 5.52 hectares of agricultural land off Bartles Hollow, Ketton, after Pegasus Group provided expertise on behalf of house builder Vistry Homes.

As well as the homes, the development will also include a formal and informal open space, including pedestrian and cycle routes linking the development through to Wytchley Road and Park Road; and a recreational area with children’s play area.

The new housing scheme, which will be traditional in style and designed to complement the local area and landscape setting, will be under one kilometre from the village centre, where there are shops, services and recreational facilities. The historic town of Stamford is under four miles away.

Last year, Rutland County Council turned down the application, saying the development site was outside the Planned Limits to Development for Ketton and that any new housing has to be proven to be essential for a rural worker or similar operational needs. They concluded that “there is no justification in this instance for setting aside the development plan”.

However, the scheme was approved on appeal.

Guy Longley, Executive Director of Pegasus Group, said: “We’re pleased that this application has been allowed on appeal.  Rutland County Council are unable to demonstrate a five year supply and this is a sustainably located site.”

“This housing development will provide much-needed, high-quality homes in one of Rutland’s Local Service Centres. We demonstrated that new residents would benefit from a range of key service and facilities and access to public transport, and the Inspector agreed.”

A reserved matters application will be submitted next year.

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