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Daniel Esson, Local Democracy Reporter

Daniel Esson joined the KM Group in September 2022 as a Local Democracy Reporter, covering second-tier local authorities.

Traffic zones scrapped and 2,000 homes set for near uni

01 March 2024
Traffic zones scrapped and 2,000 homes set for near uni

A city’s controversial traffic zoning plans will be scrapped while new land is earmarked for thousands of homes.

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Battery plan for giant Kent solar farm rejected after four-hour debate

28 February 2024
Battery plan for giant Kent solar farm rejected after four-hour debate

A battery safety plan for what is set to be the UK’s biggest solar farm has been rejected.

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‘Brutalist’ blocks earmarked for new neighbourhood

28 February 2024
‘Brutalist’ blocks earmarked for new neighbourhood

Plans to turn disused office space into 46 family homes have been labelled a “positive” move for a town.

A ‘pedestrian-friendly’ square and revamped castle: £22m work set to start within months

28 February 2024
A ‘pedestrian-friendly’ square and revamped castle: £22m work set to start within months

An ambitious £22 million project designed to boost a city’s infrastructure and draw in crowds is set to start within months.

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‘We haven’t gone bust! We’re excited to turn Saga site into 86 homes’

24 February 2024
‘We haven’t gone bust! We’re excited to turn Saga site into 86 homes’

Work to convert a huge former Saga office building into homes is set to begin this year - despite concerns over bosses’ finances.

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Bills to rise as council passes ‘budget of common sense’

23 February 2024
Bills to rise as council passes ‘budget of common sense’

Councillors have passed a “budget of common sense” which includes a raft of controversial new parking charges and £700,000 worth of savings.

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2,500 home village based on bogus roadwork plan

23 February 2024
2,500 home village based on bogus roadwork plan

Proposals for a new 2,500 home village have been based on improvements to the M25 that might never happen, according to National Highways.

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Solar farm battery plan set for green light despite ‘explosion’ fears

23 February 2024
Solar farm battery plan set for green light despite ‘explosion’ fears

Safety plans for what will be the UK’s biggest solar farm are set to be approved - despite residents’ fears of a fire or “explosion”.

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Protests at ‘tragedy’ of uni course cuts and job losses

20 February 2024
Protests at ‘tragedy’ of uni course cuts and job losses

Students and staff are demonstrating against proposals to slash courses leading to the loss of dozens of jobs across its two campuses.

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Fears new ‘noisy’ gym and salon will disrupt village life with ‘blaring music’

20 February 2024
Fears new ‘noisy’ gym and salon will disrupt village life with ‘blaring music’

Plans for a raft of new businesses to takeover a former Co-op building have been approved despite villagers’ concerns over loud music and parking.

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Plans for winery and hotel ‘better than more housing’

17 February 2024
Plans for winery and hotel ‘better than more housing’

Plans for a winery, visitor centre and 19-bedroom hotel at a farm have been submitted.

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Huge Saga base to be transformed into 80-home estate

16 February 2024
Huge Saga base to be transformed into 80-home estate

A huge former Saga office building is set to be turned into new housing - despite fears the area will be "unable to cope" with more homes.

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Fixing NHS finances ‘like trying to boil the ocean’

14 February 2024
Fixing NHS finances ‘like trying to boil the ocean’

The hospital trust boss in charge of managing its finances says he is expecting to go over budget by a further £50m initial projections.

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'We've got no choice but to hike parking charges'

14 February 2024
'We've got no choice but to hike parking charges'

Leading councillors at a cash-strapped Kent authority say they have been left with “no choice” but to impose parking charge hikes.

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Council fails to meet ‘ambitious’ climate targets

13 February 2024
Council fails to meet ‘ambitious’ climate targets

A council which voted to declare a “climate and ecological emergency” has failed to meet its climate targets.

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Fears solar farm could cause ‘serious harm’ to ancient Roman site

13 February 2024
Fears solar farm could cause ‘serious harm’ to ancient Roman site

Hundreds of people are battling plans for a solar farm amid fears it could cause “serious harm” to one of Britain’s most important Roman sites.

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Stunning drone pictures of huge coastal estate - that's only getting bigger

04 February 2024
Stunning drone pictures of huge coastal estate - that's only getting bigger

Striking aerial images show how a former quarry has been transformed into a housing estate – as plans for hundreds more homes are considered.

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Bankruptcy fears after council loses £3m for essential port checks

02 February 2024
Bankruptcy fears after council loses £3m for essential port checks

A warning has been issued after a Kent council lost £3m in funding to carry out essential food checks at the Port of Dover.

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Battle to block £32m project to create ‘England’s sparkling wine capital’

02 February 2024
Battle to block £32m project to create ‘England’s sparkling wine capital’

A bid for a new winery that could turn Kent’s only city into “England’s sparkling wine capital” is facing another legal challenge.

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Historic building set to become hotel and wedding venue

01 February 2024
Historic building set to become hotel and wedding venue

Plans have moved forward to convert a historic town centre building into a hotel, restaurant, pub and wedding venue.

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