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Protesters take to the streets over new town 'twice the size of Hythe' planned for Kent

Hundreds of protesters angry about plans to build a new 12-thousand home town in Kent took their objections to the streets today.

Campaigners rallied against proposals to build a lorry park, develop part of Hythe and build a new 'garden city'.

Sarah Saunders reports

Sarah Saunders spoke to protesters, David Plumstead from the Shepway Community and Environment Network, Martin Whybrow KCC Cllr for Hythe, David Monk Leader of Shepway District Council and resident Gillian Bond.

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Future of Ebbsfleet under discussion

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.

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Oxfordshire to get 'garden city'

The government has given its backing to Cherwell Council's plans to create a garden city in the north west of Bicester.

It follows the abandonment of the previous Government's eco-towns policy. Britain has two garden cities - Welwyn and Letchworth.

Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry asked communities minister Greg Clark about it in the House of Commons this afternoon.