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Councillors in Gillingham will this month examine plans to build 634 new homes at Park Farm as part of the town’s Southern Extension.

The proposal from developers CG Fry & Son also includes plans for a new primary school and floodlit sports pitches.

It is the second outline planning application for the Southern Extension in the past few weeks, following the plans put in by Welbeck Land for 961 houses on the new development, which will total 1,800 homes in all.

In addition to the homes, sports pitches and ‘two-form entry primary school’ the application includes plans for play facilities, cycleways, ponds and landscaping. In its application CG Fry say the homes themselves will consist of a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bed properties between two and two and a half storeys in height’ with heights ‘potentially exceeding this at key focal locations’.

It says the site will deliver a ‘proportion of affordable housing, with the precise level, bedroom numbers and tenure to be established through a site-wide viability appraisal process’.

The news of the CG Fry & Son application hard on the heels of the one from Welbeck will come as a relief for planners in North Dorset where there is currently an overall shortage of homes being built.

As the developers say in their application: ‘The 634 dwellings to be delivered on Park Farm represent 29 percent of the overall housing requirement in Gillingham to 2031, which means that Park Farm will make a key contribution to housing delivery in Gillingham and the District as a whole.’

CG Fry’s Land & Planning Director David Lohfink said: ‘We are delighted to have submitted our outline planning application for the Park Farm element of the Gillingham southern expansion. The application represents the culmination of many months of hard work with the local community, Town Council, Neighbourhood Plan Group, District Council Officers and other stakeholders and we feel our proposals strike the right balance.

‘It will now be for North Dorset District Council to consider our application and we will continue to work with Officers to secure a positive recommendation.’

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