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A total of 90 new homes in Gillingham have been given approval by councillors at North Dorset District Council’s Planning Committee.

The development, on Land to the East of Lodden Lakes, was given outline consent in May 2015. This latest application presented the detailed design elements of the development.

Once completed, the development will provide a total of 18 affordable homes, including:

2 one-bedroom flats
11 two-bedroom flats
2 two-bedroom homes
3 three-bedroom homes

Of the total 90 homes, the development will include:

2 one-bedroom flats
11 two-bedroom flats
6 two-bedroom homes
54 three-bedroom homes
17 four-bedroom homes

Councillor David Walsh, North Dorset District Council’s cabinet member for planning, said:

‘I am pleased the applicant has reflected feedback received through five years of community engagement and feedback with local stakeholders into the scheme. Now approved, I look forward to work starting on this first phase of the Southern Extension which will total 1,800 homes. We have worked hard to get to this stage where we can finally build the houses we desperately need.’

Amy Nash, land manager at Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties, said: ‘This application is an exciting step forward and shows our commitment to delivering high-quality new-build homes in Gillingham.

‘We are very happy to have been given the green light so that we can progress with our plans for Gillingham Meadows and make significant contributions toward the community infrastructure of Gillingham.’

Councillor Graham Carr-Jones, leader of North Dorset District Council and cabinet member for Housing, said: ‘This approval is good news for the area and for our Opening Doors Programme.

‘As part of this programme, we have opened a Home Ownership register. This is already giving us real insight into the preferred type and location of housing wanted by residents. I would encourage anyone looking to own their own home to sign the register and provide us with even greater information.’

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