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The policy means Maidstone could be in line for 40% more houses that it says are needed

Housing plan delayed after MPs raise concerns

Councillors have delayed adopting a Local Plan for housing development after the government announced it may be made to build 40% more homes.


Major town development - latest pictures

The construction of the St James' development this week. Picture courtesy of Apex Drone Photography

New birds-eye images show the progress of a massive retail and leisure project.

Kent councils could be forced to build thousands more homes

Houses under construction at Eastern Quarry in Ebbsfleet Garden City

Government plans to address a shortage of affordable homes in Kent and Medway have come under fire.


Diggers start work on £26m leisure centre

Construction vehicles and tradesmen are already at work on the district's new leisure centre at Whitfield.


Striking new images reveal plans for wasteland

How the apartments could look

Developers behind plans for hundreds of homes on wasteland in a Kent town have revealed striking new images of their scheme.


Eye-catching office block ready next year

How the building will look

Bosses building a striking new office block say the site will be ready next year - with a dentist and accountancy firm already signed up to move in.


Spanish arrival's concrete plans

Spanish construction company Grupo Pacadar has invested £10m in a new premises in Medway

A construction company has invested £10 million on a new home in the county creating 100 jobs.

Housing sites sold for nearly £5m

What the flats on Royal Engineers Road might look like. Image by KM Graphics

A property developer has sold two proposed housing sites in Kent.


Bold plans to transform city revealed

Eye-catching images of the new Canterbury Riverside project have been revealed.

A planning application for an ambitious scheme for a new cinema, restaurants and housing has been submitted.


Minister asked to intervene in housing plans

Helen Whately MP: speaking at the Local Plan hearing

An MP has asked the Government to call in a town's Local Plan over concerns about developments and traffic congestion.


Bus depot revamp a step closer

Plans to turn a former bus station into 60 homes and shops have been submitted to councillors.

Luxury retirement village fails to pay business rates

Audley Mote House

A council is owed more than £50,000 by the firms that run a luxury retirement village, after they failed to pay business rates for five years.


Council plays down japanese knotweed discovery

Knotweed - A stone's throw from Princes Parade

The insidious plant, capable of destroying foundations and growing through brickwork, has been discovered near land earmarked for development.


Planning inspector backs council over BT conversion

BT's Becket House building in New Dover Road.

A developer has lost its appeal over plans to convert a BT building from office space to flats.


Thundering launch for container offices

The Innovation Studios have been built on a plot of land next to Rochester Bridge. Picture: Gary Browne

The official opening of a new £1 million home for businesses on top of shipping containers was interrupted by the sound of trains rumbling overhead.


Villagers oppose pub-site homes

Artist's impression of what the housing development at Blue Bell Hill would look like

Plans to build a block of flats and four houses at the site of a former pub have drawn a mixed reaction from villagers.

Bovis to clear problems by end of the year

Bovis Homes is based in New Ash Green

A housebuilder has said it will have cleared customer service issues by the end of the year where people were moved into unfinished properties.

Plans for 5,000 homes withdrawn for second time

Proposals to build thousands of homes on a former military site are going back to the drawing board after the MoD withdrew a planning application.


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