New home talks hit by technical hitch

Consideration of two proposals for more new homes in Gillingham was postponed on Thursday when a meeting of Dorset Council’s northern Planning Committee was cancelled for technical reasons.

The applications due to be considered will now be considered at a future meeting. The outline applications were by Fairfax Acquisitions Ltd for 80 homes north of Common Mead Lane and by Taylor Wimpey for up to 115 south east of Lodden Lakes accessed from New Road.

Committee members were recommended to grant both, ‘subject to legal agreements’ to secure 25 per cent affordable housing, play facilities and contributions to sports, education and other local facilities.

The larger scheme is generally supported by the local community, but the smaller scheme is opposed by Gillingham Town Council and over 100 local residents on the grounds that it is unsustainable, outside the settlement boundary, and on land earmarked in the local Neighbourhood Plan for sports, although the draft new Dorset Local Plan identifies its potential for housing.

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