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Government intervenes after council housing plan 'failure'

23 March 2018

The government has revealed it will send its chief planner to a council in a step that could see it take control of future housebuilding plans.

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Funding plans could transform rural community

21 March 2018

Planners and council leaders have their eyes fixed on development after winning through to the next round of a bid for Government funding.

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Housebuilder to break construction record as market soars

20 March 2018

Bellway expects to build 10,000 homes for the first time this financial year as buyers continue to enjoy low interest rates and government support.

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Former hospital sold for £2.3m

19 March 2018

A former town centre hospital has been sold to a development company for £2.3 million.

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Shock as school seals deal with developer

18 March 2018

The town council is at loggerheads with a school that has signed up to a housing developer's plans to build a football hub on its land.

Hefty fines approved for estate agents

16 March 2018

Kent County Council has introduced a £5,000 fine for estate agents who fail to declare their fees to customers.

Lorry park turns away 500 vehicles a week

16 March 2018

A truckstop is turning away 500 vehicles each week and has hired five staff to deal with demand.

KFC and Aldi decision put off due to Toys R Us uncertainty

15 March 2018

Councillors last night voted to defer a decision to allow two national brands to set up on a retail park.

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Solar farm plan details branded 'grotesque'

15 March 2018

Villagers say they've been told solar panels at the site of what could become Britain's biggest solar farm could be as high as their houses.

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Green light for hundreds of homes

13 March 2018

A council has backed plans for a controversial housing development despite fears about the impact on congested roads.

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Concerns about plans for 300 homes

12 March 2018

There are fears a village could change beyond recognition amid a proposal for hundreds of homes to be built on green fields.

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Firm expands fleet as tighter emission rules loom

12 March 2018

An asphalt maker has invested £7 million in a new fleet of vehicles amid proposals to extend London's low emission area.

Developers of Gibraltar Farm ask for more time

09 March 2018

A dispute over land ownership has slowed down the development of 450 homes.

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Seafront hall future under scrutiny

07 March 2018

A call from the council for interest in developing a seafront hall has been met by dismay by a charity looking to transform the site.

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Apprentice scoops national prize

07 March 2018

A groundworks and construction apprentice has picked up a national award.

Homes plans on show at business site

07 March 2018

More than 100 people came to a public exhibition on plans to build 28 houses on the site of a cladding firm in a rural village.

Town becoming 'swamped' by one-bed flats

06 March 2018

Councillors fear too many one-bedroom flats are being built in a town centre after plans for a new block with no car parking were approved.

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Housing reforms will help solve shortage crisis, says PM

05 March 2018

Developers will face action if they hoard land which has planning permission, Prime Minister Theresa May has warned.

Warning over house-building targets

04 March 2018

Councils could be stripped of their powers to decide how many houses are built in their area, the government is warning.

Villagers out in force against proposed 3.6m tonne sandpit

01 March 2018

Hundreds of villagers have rallied in opposition to a multi-million tonne sandpit proposed for the countryside.

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