Larkfleet Homes to launch new showhome in Rutland


Tuesday 7th August 2012

Helen Briggs (right) will open a new showhome complex at Leighfield Park.

Helen Briggs, chief executive of Rutland County Council, will officially open a new showhome complex at Larkfleet Homes' Leighfield Park in Oakham at an opening ceremony on Monday 13 August which will take place between 12:30 and 14:30.

Leighfield Park is the first phase of Oakham Heights, a major urban expansion of Oakham being built by Larkfleet Homes on land between the Oakham bypass and Barleythorpe Road.

Ms Briggs will be joined by senior Larkfleet staff, members of Rutland County Council and Oakham Town Council and other guests at the opening ceremony.

The new showhome complex comprises three-properties including a fully furnished three-bedroom Windsor property type. The Windsor features an open-plan kitchen, diner and lounge area and three- bedrooms, including one with an en-suite shower room.

Also available to view on the showhome complex will be a four-bedroom Sandown property type that has a large kitchen with separate utility room, spacious lounge and four good-sized bedrooms also including an en-suite shower room.

Karl Hick, Larkfleet's managing director, commented: "We will be delighted to have the new showhome complex opened by Helen Briggs. The complex will allow visitors to really see the style and quality of the properties that will be available at Leighfield Park. I urge any homebuyers interested in purchasing a property in the Oakham area to visit our new showhome complex."

Leighfield Park will offer traditional styled two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom properties starting from £143,995.

The development is aimed at families looking for a stylish and traditional home that allows them to enjoy rural life while still benefiting from good transport links to surrounding towns and cities.

All 143 new homes at Leighfield Park will have solar PV (photovoltaic) panels fitted as standard so homebuyers can benefit from reduced energy bills. The PV panels will produce electricity from daylight, generating useable power even on cloudy days. Larkfleet will also make allotments available for all residents at the current market value in order to encourage a sustainable lifestyle and community.

Some new homes at the Leighfield Park development will be available through the government-backed FirstBuy scheme. With the help of FirstBuy, homebuyers have the chance to take up a five-year interest-free loan meaning they could own a Larkfleet home sooner than they thought. Purchasing a Larkfleet property in Oakham could even be cheaper than renting a property with the help of FirstBuy.

The overall planning approval for Oakham Heights also includes a continuing care retirement community, a care home and around 30 acres of offices as well as parks and open spaces, children's play areas and a new local centre. Planning approval also includes improved transport links with new cycle, footpath and bus routes.

In total, 1,100 new homes could eventually be constructed over 15 years in ten phases.

Integral parts of the proposals for the development are 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.

Rutland County Council also recently approved planning permission for a hotel and an adjoining Marston's Inns and Taverns pub/restaurant.

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