Unemployment in East Anglia falls by 2,000

Unemployment in the region has decreased by 2,000, as the number of people in work nationally reaches its highest level since records began.

Tractor plant's 50th

New Holland Agriculture plant's been marking its 50th year with a tractor parade through Basildon.

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Giant new wind farm is approved for Suffolk coast

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Wind turbines at sea Credit: ITV Anglia

One of the world's biggest wind farms is to be built off the Suffolk coast. The Government's given the green light to East Anglia One, which will have 240 turbines and create enough electricity to power more than 800,000 homes.

The wind farm should bring £500 million to the region's economy. Building work could begin in 2017 and the first power would be generated two years later. It'll cover an area of 115 square miles in the Southern North Sea.

New business school building plans to go on show in Cambridge

Plans for the new building for the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Plans for a £34m re-development of the Cambridge Judge Business School will go on show to the public today.

Its home in the old Addenbrooke's Hospital building in the city is too small and the school wants to expand.

Visitors have been invited to look around the building and comment on the plans.

Plans for the new building for the Cambridge Judge Business School.

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£3m boost for enterprise zone

Beacon Park. Credit: Mike Page.

A business park which is part of the New Anglia Enterprise Zone is to get £3m of government funding.

The money will help Great Yarmouth Borough Council complete important infrastructure at Beacon Park and open up the whole site for development.

Since the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone was created two years ago, nine companies have set up business there and more than 450 jobs have been created.

Could Suffolk Show help to attract more young people to farming?

As Suffolk prepares to host its annual agricultural show, farmers will be hoping the event will get more young people interested in the countryside.

The Suffolk Show, just outside Ipswich, is expected to draw thousands of visitors yet the farming industry is struggling to attract new blood into vital jobs and secure the future of the country's food production.

Kate Prout reports.

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London Luton Airport expansion to take place over three phases

Construction will take place over three phases and will expand, modernise and remodel the terminal building to accommodate and equip:

  • Up to 20 security passenger screening lanes
  • 15 immigration passenger screening lanes
  • Up to 8 international and 1 domestic passenger reclaim belts
  • Increased retail, catering, circulation and seating areas
  • A new two-storey pier
  • Dual the road from the Holiday Inn Roundabout
  • Build a new parallel taxiway to unlock capacity for an additional 6 million passengers a year from the existing runway
  • Build a new multi-storey car park

Development to bring 'investment and jobs' to Luton

London Luton Airport has welcomed the Government's decision to let it proceed with its development plans.

Glyn Jones, Managing Director of the Airport said: “We are delighted that after a thorough process, the Council can proceed to grant planning permission for London Luton.

"We see this as a real vote of confidence in the Airport and its future, underlining the determination of our new owners, Ardian and Aena, to develop and radically improve London Luton and deliver a better airport experience for our passengers in the years to come.

"The opportunities it brings for the local economy in terms of jobs and investment are significant, and Luton can now press ahead with making its local airport bigger and better, while remaining a good neighbour.”

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