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Villagers picket the Town Hall ahead of the meeting

Villagers' protests ignored

Councillors have approved plans for 65 homes despite hundreds of objections because the controversial housing is featured in the area's Local Plan.


New image of pub plan revealed

Developers have revealed a new image of plans for the former Prince Albert

Controversial plans to knock down a historic pub are expected to be decided before Christmas - as developers reveal a new image of their scheme.


Millionaire landlord's 'no coloureds' policy ruled unlawful

Fergus Wilson

A judge has delivered a verdict on a controversial ban by Fergus Wilson.

Decision on 70 homes plan waiting on survey

The proposed second wave of development by Timperley at Sholden, with access from Hyton Drive and Cornfield Row (pictured)

A decision on a scheme to develop farmland has been deferred until the findings of a transport survey are known.

Second primary school for garden city

How the Hope Community School will look

Another school is to be built in a new town after planners gave the green light to a 420-pupil site.


Work on brewery to begin within weeks

The side of the brewery

Bosses behind plans for a state-of-the-art brewery have revealed when they plan to open the £1.3 million site.


Housebuilding starts on former KM HQ

How the KM Group headquarters in Larkfield looked in 2007

Work has begun on the redevelopment of the former headquarters of the KM Group, which is being turned into 12 homes.

Backlash over government house building targets grows

The target is 778 homes a year

Planning chiefs question government edict for thousands more homes in Kent


Planners say yes to housing before end of public consultation

The public notice clearly gives tomorrow as the deadline for public responses

Council planners have been slated for making a recommendation on a controversial planning application, without waiting for the public's view.


Rents surge amid shortage of business space

Parkwood Industrial Estate in Maidstone. Picture: David Rayner

Owners of industrial property and offices enjoyed sharp growth in rents as more office space was turned into housing across Kent.

Eastern block?

Possible look of the planned flats. Picture: Beanland Associates Architects Ltd

A neighbour has dismissed planned new flats as post-Communist era rejects.


New boss to lead garden city plans

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation's new interim chief executive Ian Piper

The organisation in charge of planning a new garden city in Kent has appointed a new interim chief executive.

Medway housing targets 'quite impossible'

The government's housing targets are unachievable, it's claimed

A government target to build thousands of homes in Medway would be "impossible" to meet, the area's three MPs claim.


Awards for job well done

Simon Bettridge collecting his award

Pride in the job means smiles all round at award-winning Wealden Homes.

Green belt under threat by homes plan

Greenbelt in the Gravesend area could be under threat

A council is considering adding more than 1,700 to its Local Plan to meet increasing demand.


Council defends airport decision

The Manston Airport terminal building

Thousands of homes could be build on the site of a former airport after an authority changed its strategic planning blueprint


Developer promises action over problem homes site

Abandoned land which is an eye sore for residents

Housebuilder Persimmon has promised to take action after residents complained about unfinished roads, overgrown green space and closed footpaths.


New business park ‘can help town realise potential’

Developers building an industrial park on the edge of a town have released new images of what the site could look like.

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