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Borough has fastest house price growth in UK

Sheerness High Street

12 December 2017

Property owners in part of Kent have enjoyed the fastest annual growth in house prices in the UK, new official figures show.

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Loss of office space could cost jobs

Commercial premises in town centres like Maidstone are increasingly being converted into housing

09 December 2017

Changes to planning rules allowing offices to be converted into flats are forcing businesses to look elsewhere to set up shop.

Buy-to-let investors 'swallowing unpleasant cocktail'

Fergus Wilson's lettings criteria is being considered by a court.

08 December 2017

The chief executive of the county’s largest buy-to-let lender has attacked government policy for squeezing the income of amateur landlords.

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An inconvenience truth: Hopes for store dashed

Heron Fields, Great Easthall in Sittingbourne

07 December 2017

People’s hopes of having a shop they were promised before buying their homes were dashed following a government ruling.

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Development consultants announced

The Vic will be demolished when work begins

07 December 2017

The lead consultants for a multi-million pound scheme have been appointed.

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Supreme Court stops scheme for 600-plus homes

Farthingloe, Dover, saved from a 600-plus housing development. Picture: CPRE Kent

06 December 2017

Plans to build hundreds of homes on a beauty spot have been stopped in a court ruling.

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Housebuilder looks to boom after bust

Countryside south division managing director Iain McPherson at St Mary's Island in Chatham Maritime

06 December 2017

Countryside will ramp up development in Kent over the next five years and insists it can expand towards the east as the sector makes up for lost time.

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It's not over yet for Woodcut

The audience at Thursday's planning meeting

05 December 2017

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has lodged papers to begin a legal challenge over Maidstone's Local Plan.

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Views sought on Britain's biggest solar farm

The site of the proposed Cleve Hill Solar Park

05 December 2017

The first stage of a consultation to cover 890 acres of Kent farmland in solar panels begins today.

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Prospect of planes softens opposition groups

The last KLM flight from Manston in 2014. Picture: Tony Flashman

05 December 2017

Plans to include a heritage runway among up to 4,000 homes may be winning round some who want aviation to stay at the former Manston airport.

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Developers rue 'missed opportunity'

Stamp duty will be abolished for first-time buyers on the first £300,000 of properties worth up to £500,000

04 December 2017

Housebuilders believe the Chancellor’s measures to boost the housing market will amount to nothing unless he makes it easier for them to do their job.

Office and industrial plan gets green light

Protesters outside the Town Hall

30 November 2017

Councillors have approved an outline application for office, warehouse and light industrial development on a controversial site.

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Housing plans on show for ex-Christian school

The site of the former Franciscan International Study Centre has been sold to property developers

30 November 2017

Plans to redevelop a former study centre for the Franciscan religious order will go on display for the first time next week.

Council deputy resigns over building policy

Cllr Leslie Hills has resigned from his position as deputy council leader in protest against his leader’s building policies

29 November 2017

A deputy council leader has stepped down from the cabinet in protest to plans to build on greenbelt land in his borough.

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Local Plan could face legal challenge

Part of the proposed development site

28 November 2017

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has warned it intends to seek a Judicial Review over the inclusion of a site in council blueprints for housing.

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Go-ahead for 300 homes

The Oakley Park development in Edenbridge is due to be built by Bellway. Picture: DHA Architecture

27 November 2017

Work is due to start on 300 homes after plans were approved by councillors.

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Land deal paves way for house building

The plot of land bought for £10 million by Hyde and Chartway Group from Trenport Investments, which will form part of Peters Village

26 November 2017

Construction is due to start on more than 100 homes early next year after developers bought a plot of land for £10 million.

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Build even more homes? That's 'barmy'

More new homes could be built in Swale under government proposals

24 November 2017

A council leader has condemned potential government house-building targets, labelling them "impossible".

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Housing plans cut down to size

View of Swanley Square Shopping Centre

24 November 2017

Controversial plans for a massive development in Swanley town centre have been crushed by councillors.

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Nearly 5,000 empty homes in Kent

Philip Hammond has announced plans to charge owners of empty homes a council tax premium of 100%

24 November 2017

Thousands of properties are lying empty in the county as councils come under government pressure to build more homes.

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