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Jaguar Land Rover to create more jobs but only if they can expand

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that they will be creating more jobs in the region but only if they expand their site.

The boss of the company says this can only happen if the government helps by freeing up land and improving electricity supplies.

ITV News understands that if this is too difficult to achieve in the UK, the company may look elsewhere.

As our Business Correspondent Mark Gough reports:

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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

MPs disappointed by 'bugged' Sports Direct meeting

MPs have said that they are disappointed after they were allegedly filmed while holding a meeting at the Sports Direct warehouse in Derbyshire.

It comes after a surprise inspection to see working practices yesterday.

Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, claims a woman planted a recording device in a room where they were having a meeting.

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