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building site GillinghamCouncillors in the town have backed plans to build 115 new homes as part of Gillingham’s large Southern Extension scheme.

Members of the Town Council’s planning committee on Monday unanimously approved the scheme by Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties to build some of the 1,800 houses that will eventually be built as part of the development.

These 115 homes will be constructed on land situated to the east of Lodden Lakes.

Councillor and deputy mayor Paul Harris told the meeting: ‘This is the start of this long awaited-part of the Southern Extension. It’s nice to see that it’s moving forward at last.’

Councillors were also asked to help come up with names for the three main streets in the Taylor Wimpey part of the development.

Committee chair Councillor Val Pothecary said that given the site’s proximity to Lodden Lakes the Gillingham & District Angling Association had suggested using the names of fish found in the lakes, such as tench, perch, pike, carp, roach and bream.

Other suggestions put forward at the meeting were fishing-related names such as Anglers Way.

In the end councillors voted that the developers, the angling association and the council should all work together to come up with suitable names.

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