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Ground investigations to start on Northampton's Greyfriars site

The Greyfriars site has been cleared ready for developing Credit: ITV News Anglia

The preferred developer for Northampton's Greyfriars site has begun ground investigations there.

Various checks will take place this month on the old bus station site - which was demolished last year.

Proposals include shops, restaurants, housing and a cinema. The Borough Council is expected to consider a formal agreement with the developer next year.

The Greyfriars site in Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's great to see the company making a start on site investigations, which further demonstrates their confidence in taking the scheme forward. We believe the scheme will be of huge benefit to Northampton, bringing more people to live in the area, and creating some fantastic facilities which will tie it into the wider town centre."

– Council leader, Cllr Jonathan Nunn

During the next fortnight, the developer's construction partner, R G Carter, has arranged for its in-house soils investigation company to bore piles over 20-metres deep.

The soil conditions will be analysed to ensure that the scheme is designed as efficiently as possible, ensuring best value from the outset. It will also help determine the type of construction for the striking scheme.

Following our selection as the Council's partner in September, we are pleased to be making good progress on all fronts. In order to meet the delivery programme, we have commissioned Carter to carry out the technical due diligence like these soil surveys, commissioned Bidwells to coordinate the preparation of the planning application, and Peter Brett Associates to start the Highway design. This is all in tandem with documenting the legal arrangements."

– Tim Holmes, Greyfriars Quarter Developments

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Farmers meet in Norfolk to discuss diversification

Deepdale Farm Credit: ITV News Anglia

Farmers from across the region are meeting in Norfolk today to talk about diversifying their business.

Jason Borthwick set up a campsite and bunkhouse on his family-run thousand acre farm and hasn't looked back.

Jason Borthwick, Farmer Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We haven't taken that much land out and yet this is the profitable part, so I am under no misconceptions that we wouldn't of been able to do any of this if it hadn't been for the fact that we were farmers."

– Jason Borthwick

Academy opens to train staff for £1.5bn A14 upgrade

Video report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

A new academy has opened in Cambridgeshire to train staff to work on the £1.5 billion upgrade of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

The Highways Academy allows students to learn in conditions very similar to those they'll encounter on the job.

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apprentices to be trained to work on A14

The long anticipated A14 improvement scheme will upgrade 21 miles of the notoriously busy trunk road, which links the Midlands to ports in the Anglia region.

It will involve a new bypass round Huntingdon, widening the existing road and improving junctions along the whole length.

It aims to help unlock growth in the region and cut journey times by around 20 minutes.

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Milton Keynes hosts first post-Brexit Jobs Show

Previous MK Jobs Show in January 2016 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The first post-Brexit MK Jobs Show begins in Milton Keynes later.

The two day event at the centre MK showcases employment and training opportunities from the region's employers.

Many organisations are exhibiting for the first time including: Vauxhall, Debenhams and Marks and Spencer.

The latest jobs stats from May to July 2016 show 1.63 million people unemployed, 39,000 fewer that the year before.

Housing market in the East of England picking up after Brexit

House prices are rising again following a dip after Brexit. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The housing market's expected to pick up again across the east following a dip after Brexit.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors says house prices will increase by 3.3% per year on average for the next five years.

This marks the most confident prediction given in the survey since the referendum vote, although not as strong as predictions made closer to the start of the year, when surveyors predicted annual price growth of more than 4%.

East Anglia has seen the strongest growth in the UK with 30 % of surveyors reporting price rises.

"There are clear signs that the housing market is settling down after the initial surprise of the outcome to the EU referendum. Buyer enquiries did dip again in August but only modestly, and more significantly, sales expectations are beginning to edge upwards once again."

– Simon Rubinsohn, Rics chief economist

More than 13,000 households in the East faced eviction last year

Those in Luton, Thurrock and Peterborough are mostly likely to lose their homes. Credit: ITV Anglia

New figures show more than 13,000 households in the East of England faced eviction last year.

The charity Shelter says it's because of a lack of affordable housing and welfare cuts.

The towns in this region where people are most likely to lose their homes are Luton, Thurrock in Essex and Peterborough.

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