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Next step towards thousands of new homes in Cambridgeshire

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A meeting is being held to set out how a government inspector will look at plans to provide 44,000 new jobs and 33,000 homes across South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge up to 2031.

Around half the jobs and homes will be provided by a new town north of Waterbeach, a new village at Bourn airfield and a major extension to Cambourne.

Other developments are planned around the edge of Cambridge. The meeting will set out a series of hearings in the coming months.

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New research reveals significant pay gap between Luton and Cambridge

Luton town centre. Credit: PA

A new report has revealed a significant gap in what people are earning in Luton and Cambridge.

The research from the Centre for Cities says that there's been a rise in low-pay positions in Luton over the last decade, while the opposite's true in Cambridge.

It's being blamed on a decline in mid-level jobs such as admin, which experts say could make it harder for people to progress into better paid roles.

"The towns and cities that have been most affected by globalisation and technological change have seen quite significant falls in those intermediate level jobs.

They've seen shifts towards low pay, rather than high-pay occupations and that's the case in Luton."

– Naomi Clayton, Senior analyst, Centre for Cities

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Pre-packed flat pack houses go up in Wymondham

With house prices on the up and fears that first time buyers could be priced out of the market could this be the solution to the housing shortage?

Pre-packed house kits that can be up and ready in just a fortnight. Today, they were rolled out in our region.

Three of them are being built for a housing association at Wymondham in Norfolk.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report:

Childcare costs during the school holidays

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A new survey suggests parents will be spending nearly £2000 on childcare during the school summer holidays. The price comparison service uSwitch says half of the parents in the East of England who need childcare are relying on family for free help with a quarter using childminders. Over a third of parents in this region regret not spending as much time with their children as they would like but they are also the second most relaxed parents in the country.

Historic building to be restored after fire

The scene of the fire back in April Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Work is due to begin this month on restoring an historic building in Colchester which was devastated by fire.

The blaze spread through the Grade Two listed Sergeants Mess back in April.

At the time around 30 people had to leave their homes whilst crews fought the fire.

Developers have permission to convert the building into a number of homes.