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Gillingham Town CouncilThe population of Gillingham has fallen very slightly in the past five years, town councillors were told on Monday.

Councillor Sharon Cullingford said that in 2018 the town’s population was 12,052 and that the current figure is 11,968, according to an estimate by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

During that same period planning applications for a total of 2,076 new homes have been granted, more than three quarters of them as part of the planned Southern Expansion in the town.

And since 2018 just over 100 new jobs have been created in Gillingham, with 60 of these full-time positions.

The figures were contained in a report delivered to the town’s planning committee by the Neighbourhood Plan sub committee, of which Councillor Cullingford is lead member.

In 2018 Gillingham adopted its first Neighbourhood Plan, a blueprint which gives local people a chance to shape local planning and development.

But town councillors now want to draw up a new plan to reflect changes in the town and also recent planning applications and the way that planning rules are being applied.

Councillors are now keen for local residents to have their say and have created an online survey for people to complete.

The survey can be found here.

The deadline for submissions is 11 October 2023.



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