The creation of Britain's first new garden city for 100years - at Ebbsfleet in Kent - has taken a major step forward.
Planners have given the go-ahead for almost 1,000 new homes - the first major development on the massive site. Today pre-construction work began with an archaeological search of the area. John Ryall reports
Architects, investors and political leaders attended a planning summit today to discuss multi-billion pound schemes set to transform north Kent.
First and foremost - the creation of a new garden city at Ebbsfleet, where the first homes are now under construction. Then there is Paramount Park, the vast entertainment resort proposed for the Swanscombe Peninsula between Gravesend and Dartford.
Also - the prospect of a second Thames crossing. And the possibility of Crossrail being extended to Ebbsfleet. David Johns reports.
He spoke to design expert Chris Lamb; architect Sir Terry Farrell; and Councillor Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council.
The Woodland Trust says plans for a ‘garden city’ between Dartford and Gravesend in Kent could threaten 14 hectares of ancient woodlands.
Developers have plans to build 15,000 homes on an area of largely former quarry land between Gravesend and Dartford.
The Woodland Trust says a planned new Development Corporation must make the protection of this irreplaceable habitat a priority. The current consultation, which relates to the establishment of the new Development Corporation, ends on Monday.
Two ancient woods are in the area currently earmarked to fall under the control of the Development Corporation. Two further ancient woods border the area.
Nikki Williams, Head of Campaigning at the Woodland Trust said: 'It is crucial that any new organisation set up to handle developments such as this is fully aware of the importance of protecting ancient woodland in line with Government policy, and that it recognises these areas as an asset, not an obstruction.'
Waiting time of up to one hour and 30 minutes on Eurotunnel at Folkestone for both passenger and freight services due to a broken down train in the tunnel.
Trains going through Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International are also affected.
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Relegated: Telford, Ebbsfleet, Barrow, Stockport.
There are delays of up to 45 minutes on Eurostar services from St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International Station.
This is due to electrical supply problems in France.
Travellers from the South East join commuters on the first weekday of the 2012 Olympics. A quiet morning but rail bosses say things may get a lot busier later in the week.