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Parents oppose huge housing development

It's a conflict which is going on up and down the country - the ongoing need for new housing coming up against opposition from campaign groups.

Now a huge development being proposed for north Hampshire has come under fire from parents, who say it will make walking to school unsafe for their children.

The proposal is for 700 new homes to the North-West of Fleet, in an area known as Elvetham Chase, which borders the M3 and the railway line.

Hart District Council has conducted a public consultation and received more than 600 comments on the plans so far. But parents claim the roads and infrastructure are already overloaded, and won't be able to cope. Cary Johnston has more.

Work begins on £18m flood defence project

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Work has begun on an £18 million flood defence project in Newhaven in East Sussex.

The scheme, backed by the Environment Agency, will reduce flood risks to more than 800 homes, businesses and vital infrastructure in the area.

The project has been through two years of development including consultation with the local community and is due to be completed in 2019.

It will greatly reduce the risk of a repeat of the 2013 floods which caused widespread damage and upset. In addition, the scheme also supports the wider regeneration of Newhaven and will help to bring new investment, jobs and homes here."

– Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council


Will conservation measures ruin fishing industry?

Fishermen in Folkestone say a plan to protect marine wildlife could stop them fishing in some areas off the Kent coast - destroying livelihoods, communities and the local economy.

Thirteen areas across the South East have already been identified as possible Marine Conservation Zones.

Now a new one has been proposed between Folkestone and Hythe.

The Government say no decision has been made yet about whether trawlers will be banned from fishing in the zone. . Nashreen Issa has been following the story.

Campaigners lose bid to challenge Heathrow third runway plans at High Court

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An attempt by campaigners to bring a High Court challenge against a third runway at Heathrow Airport has failed.

Campaigners claim the Government's October 2016 decision to back plans for the runway is unlawful, alleging there was a failure to consult before resiling from unequivocal promises that it would never be built. They also said the Government has failed to recognise the project's unlawful air quality impacts.

But lawyers for the Transport Secretary argued that the judicial review could not proceed - saying it should not be heard until after the consultation on the National Policy Statement (NPS) on aviation is published in 2017/18.

On Monday in London, Mr Justice Cranston struck out the case on the basis that the court had no jurisdiction to hear the claim.

Ruins of Roman houses found under car park

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Foundations of complete Roman houses have been found under one of Chichester car parks.

Archaeologists have uncovered three complete buildings - the footings of which have survived more than sixteen hundred years in the centre of the city. They say it could be one of the most remarkable Roman finds yet.

What's remarkable about this discovery is that it has survived over 1,000 years in a currently occupied city. The only reason they have survived is because they are under a park that has never been built on.

It's almost unique to see Roman houses survive in this type of setting and to be so complete.

These are definitely going to be some of the best surviving Roman remains that have been uncovered in a city environment."

– James Kenny, Archaeologist, Chichester District Council

Rail bosses postpone talks over natural beauty 'blight'

Network Rail has delayed a series of public exhibitions where it planned to reveal how it will improve the look of electrification gantries at the so-called "Goring Gap" an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Oxfordshire.

Local people say they have "ruined the local area" and are demanding they are replaced.

The gantries carry electric wires to power a new fleet of Hitachi trains with bullet style technology.

Public exhibitions were due to start later this month.

The Government owned company say they want to work with the local community to minimise the impact but more design work is needed and it is better to consult when a full range of options are available.

The company say the £5.7 billion project will revolutionise travel with faster journeys and cleaner and greener electric trains.

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