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Gillingham Meadows

Land off Addison Close - Gillingham - Dorset - SP8 4JS

Taylor Wimpey received outline planning permission for a residential development of up to 90 new homes on land to the east of Lodden Lakes, Gillingham, Dorset in May 2015.

A Reserved Matters Application was submitted in April 2018. Taylor Wimpey will be working closely with North Dorset District Council through the application process for a decision in Summer 2018. 

  • Overview

    Gillingham Meadows Development Proposals

    In May 2015 North Dorset District Council granted outline planning permission for a new residential development on land to the north-east of Lodden Lakes in Gillingham, Dorset.

    Our proposed scheme forms part of the wider urban extension plans for Gillingham and will help to deliver much-needed high-quality new homes in the local area.

    Please feel free to send us an email by clicking 'Email us' at the top of this page, or by writing to the following address;

    Amy Nash
    Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties
    Colvedene Court
    Wessex Business Park
    Colden Common
    SO21 1WP

  • About the site

    The development site

    Opportunities  Constraints sml

    The constraints and opportunities plan for our proposed development. Click on the image to enlarge.

    The proposed development site covers an area of approximately 3.85 hectares and is bordered by Lodden Lakes to the south-west. Existing residential properties off Addison Close lie to the north, with the River Lodden located to the east of the site.

    Our proposals are on land allocated for housing by the council in its Local Plan. The proposed scheme is self-contained, but will integrate with the wider urban extension plans proposed for Gillingham.

    Flood Risk and Preliminary SuDS Drainage

    The majority of the proposed development site is located in Flood Zone 1, which means it is at the lowest possible risk of flooding from rivers and other significant watercourses. The eastern section of the site alongside the River Lodden falls within Flood Zones 2 & 3, therefore no development is proposed for this location. This area will be used as public open space and as a wildlife refuge.

    A Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) will form part of our proposals. Due to the impervious nature of the site’s geology, that being Kimmeridge Clay Formation, it is unlikely we will be able to utilise infiltration to deal with site run-off in our SuDS scheme. This does not, however, mean we cannot utilise SuDS on the site in other forms. These may include porous paving in carpark court yards or driveways and conveyance swales to open space flow attenuation features, such as dry swales and/or wet ponds. This will assist in reducing the rate of surface water run-off from the development to be no greater than current greenfield rates and will assist in reducing the increased risk of flooding, from the increased impermeable area, both on the site and downstream.


    A range of ecological surveys have been completed, including vegetation, hedgerows, badgers, bats, otter, water vole, dormice, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and invertebrates. These surveys have identified that the area of greatest ecological interest in the vicinity of the site is the River Lodden and the wildlife it supports. The native species hedgerows are also of importance as these act as corridors for wildlife and a habitat for birds.

    Our proposed scheme includes a wildlife refuge in the flood zone within the eastern section of the site, which will protect and improve habitats for wildlife and flora. The developmentwill also provide opportunities to establish more native trees, bird and bat boxes, and habitat management.


    The centre of the development is located less than one mile from the local centre in High Street. There is a choice of primary schools within walking distance of the development including St Mary the Virgin Primary School which is approximately 400m away, Gillingham Primary School which is just over 800m away, and Gillingham School for secondary age children which is a little over 1km from the site.

    A local bus service runs along New Road with bus stops just a few minutes’ walk from the development. Gillingham railway station is just over 1km from the proposed development site and offers direct services to London Waterloo, Exeter and Basingstoke.

    The A303 is a short drive from Gillingham and provides easy access to Basingstoke in the east and to the south west.

  • What's proposed

    Our proposals


    Our proposed masterplan.

    Our proposed development includes a mixture of family homes which will provide a balanced community. The proposed new homes will be traditional in design and in keeping with local building styles and materials.

    Affordable housing

    A percentage of the new homes in our proposed development will be provided as affordable housing, to be made available for affordable rent and shared ownership through a local housing association.

    Street layout

    The proposed layout is based upon an irregular grid of perimeter blocks to create a well-connected street layout. A well-connected street layout will encourage walking and cycling for local trips, as it offers a choice of routes to nearby destinations such as the local centre and Gillingham railway station.

    Access junction

    Vehicle access to the development will be from Addison Close with a new T-junction, giving traffic on Addison Close priority. A development of this size could be expected to generate an average of approximately 50 to 60 two-way movements in the peak hours.

    There is also the potential for a number of pedestrian access points linking the development with the green space to the east and south of the site, subject to agreement with the highway authority.

    Parking provision

    Residents’ car parking within our proposed development will largely take the form of garages, driveways and allocated off-street parking spaces. There will be a number of designated visitors’ spaces.

    Landscaping and open space

    The proposed development will feature a large area of public open space on the eastern side of the site near to the River Lodden. This could incorporate a play area, providing opportunities for recreation and play for existing and new residents. There is also potential for an additional natural play area in the centre of the proposed development.

  • Community

    Local contributions

    Should our Reserved Matters planning application be approved, we will make significant financial contributions towards improving local infrastructure and community facilities. Contributions will be made to North Dorset District Council in accordance with local requirements for: 

    Bus Stop Contribution: £8,895.00 - upgrades to bus stops on New Road, Gillingham

    Community Hall Contribution: £132,817.50

    Education Contribution: TBC 

    Hardings Lane Recreation Ground Contribution: £70,020.00

    LEAP (Locally equipped Area of play) and LAP (Local Area of play) Commuted Sum: £176,320.88

    Library Contribution: £21,690.00

    Lodden Valley Footpath Contribution: £43,515.00 - towards improvements to the Lodden Valley footpath  

    Sports Area Contribution: £34,077.60 - Hardings Lane area

  • Updates

    Development timeline

    May 2015 - Outline planning application approved by North Dorset District Council (NDDC).

    September 2015 - Planning Consultation Event

    Show Boards from the Consultation Event:

    Welcome Board

    About Taylor Wimpey Board

    Taylor Wimpey in Your Area Board

    Design Process Board

    Design Process Board 2

    Site Considerations board

    About Our Development board

    Development Proposal Board

    Development Proposal Board 2

    April 2018 - Reserved Matters planning application submitted to NDDC (Application number 2/2018/0483/REM)

    Summer 2018 - Reserved Matters decision.