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Plans revealed for 1000 new homes in Hampshire town

Artist's impression of new development Credit: Highwood

Controversial plans for 1000 new homes have been revealed on the outskirts of a Hampshire town.

The North Stoneham Park development would transform land south of Eastleigh. If approved by borough council planners, the development would feature around 1,100 new homes spread across the 62-hectare site. The £70-million pound complex would also include a new primary school, nursery, community centre, shops and care home on the site near to junction 5 of the M27. Campaigners are worried about traffic and losing historic park land and playing pitches.

Development plans Credit: Highwood

The plans have been handed in to the Borough Council after two public exhibitions last year. Eastleigh Borough Council, which owns the site alongside Highwood and the County Council, has earmarked the site south of Chestnut Avenue for housing for several years.

A decision on the plans is due during the summer, and if the development is approved construction work could begin next year.

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Threat to print mill jobs in Kent

Aylesford Newsprint is going into administration. It's been making newspaper at its one hundred-acre site for well over twenty years.

The company was bought by an American holding firm in October 2012 who described themselves as being "a long-term investor". The news was announced to staff this morning, as David Johns reports.

He spoke to Tim Elliott from Unite The Union; MP for Chatham and Aylesford Tracey Crouch; and Prof Tim Luckhurst who's a journalist expert.

Derelict Saltdean Lido receives £4.7m from lottery

Saltdean Lido in Sussex has seen better days - and could see them again after £4.7m grant

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £4.7m to the project to restore the derelict 1930s Saltdean Lido in Sussex.

The money, alongside other grants and donations from other groups and individuals, will be used to help restore and reopen the lido. The Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company said it still has to raise another two million pounds to fund the project.

“The backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund has always been central to the success of our project and we are delighted that all our hard work is coming to fruition.

"The Saltdean Lido CIC will be creating new jobs and bringing new revenue and much needed investment to the area. However, there are many challenges for community groups such as ours who are bringing heritage buildings back into use.”

– Rebecca Crook, chair of Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company

New home for search and rescue helicopters

Search and rescue helicopters that were due to be re-located to Manston Airport could now be housed at Lydd Airport. The aircraft, which are used for rescue operations along the coast, currently operate out of RAF Wattisham in Suffolk. They were due to move to Manston this summer but the airport there has now closed. ITV News Meridian understands that negotiations are now underway to bring the aircraft to Lydd. Tom Savvides talks to parliamentary candidate Lynn Beaumont and the leader of Shepway Council, David Monk.

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Prime Minister pledges to safeguard defence jobs at Gosport, Portsmouth and at RAF Odiham

The Prime Minister is visiting Hampshire to confirm millions of pounds in defence investment securing more than 400 jobs.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a £420 million contract with Boeing - which makes the Chinook helicopter - for 'in-service support'.

The contract will last for five years and will safeguard 450 jobs at Fleetlands in Gosport, with other technical support provided at RAF Odiham near Basingstoke and sites across the UK.

David Cameron is expected to tell defence workers based in Gosport, Portsmouth and RAF Odiham that their jobs are secure thanks to a deal to maintain the Chinook helicopter fleet and to prepare the naval dockyard for the new HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.

One of the RAF's Chinooks based at RAF Odiham flying above the Hampshire countryside Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Chinook is the UK’s only military heavy lift helicopter and can transport up to 54 troops or 10 tonnes of supplies.

The RAF's fleet of Chinooks will total 60 in number by early 2017 and includes the new Mark 6 helicopters.

David Cameron will also announce the preferred bidders to occupy the Portsmouth ship hall facilities.

At the end of last month, it was announced by the MOD that three companies had been shortlisted.

In November 2013, it was announced 940 ship building jobs were to be lost by BAE at their Portsmouth yard.

It was feared at the time that the move would mean the end of shipbuilding in the city bringing to an end a centuries old local industry that built the Tudor warship the Mary Rose.

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