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places for peopleDetailed planning permission has been given for the construction of 280 new homes as part of Gillingham’s southern expansion development.

On Tuesday councillors on Dorset Council’s northern area planning committee approved the plans for the new homes south of Ham, which had already been given outline planning permission.

Some 36 percent of the new homes will be so-called affordable housing, split evenly between rental and shared ownership properties.

The move was welcomed by developers Places for People, which describes itself as the country’s ‘largest social enterprise’.

Its regional managing director, Darren Dancey said: ‘We’re delighted in the response to our recent proposal to bring more much-needed new homes to Gillingham.

‘We want to make sure that all proposals we bring forward work for the people who will live in our homes, as well as the wider community. Our ambition is to deliver thriving communities across the UK, providing sustainable, high-quality homes with a range of tenures to suit the needs of the markets we operate in.

‘We know that a shortage of affordable housing for local people remains an acute issue across the South West and are please that we are now able to start work on bringing forward these new homes for the community.’

A condition of the planning permission is that the developers pay money towards infrastructure such as Gillingham Library, the RiversMeet leisure centre, local education, new clinical rooms at Gillingham Medical Centre and household recycling facilities, as well as towards road improvements.

In total, outline planning permission has been has been given to build around 1,800 homes as part of the town’s southern expansion.

Places for People says it ‘changes lives by creating and supporting thriving communities. Our business consists of complementary companies that are market leaders in homes and communities, regeneration and development, investment management, property management and leisure.’

It adds: ‘We own or manage more than 245,000 properties that are the homes to around 500,000 customers right across the UK.’

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