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New builds suffer catalogue of problems

Families who've bought new houses on a Reading development are being forced to temporarily leave their homes because they say they've been badly built.

Several houses at Loddon park in Woodley - where prices can be more than half a million pounds - have faults including missing insulation, wrongly installed air bricks, problems with landscaping and drainage, and wobbly walls.

Some families have been offered alternative accommodation during emergency repairs and the local MP is taking up their case. Cary Johnston reports


Thousands take part in march over housing crisis

Nearly four million young adults forced to live with their parents and a forty per cent rise in rents - that's the prediction unless more homes are built.

The national housing crisis will mean the average price of a home will be more than 13 times the average salary by 2030.

Protestors have been taking to the streets in support of the National Housing Federation's Homes for Britain campaign. Demonstrations have been held in Basingstoke, Andover, Aldershot and Southampton.

The call for action to end the UK's housing crisis within a generation culminates in a rally in Westminster tomorrow.

Kerry Swain joined one of the marches.

Thousands march over housing crisis

Thousands of people have been marching in Hampshire towns Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of people have been marching across the region calling for action to end the housing crisis within a decade.

Campaigners in Southampton, Basingstoke, Andover and Aldershot are among those supporting a campaign by the National Housing Federation who want more affordable homes to be built.

Three thousand people are expected at a rally in Westminster next Tuesday.

ITV Meridian spoke to Chief Executive of the Housing Association Lindsay Todd.

Lenham residents in fight against housing developers

People living in a village in Kent say they will do everything they can to stop the building of more than 1,700 new homes.

They claim they are faced with the prospect of Lenham being turned into a building site. John Ryall went to meet them:

Video: Estate agent's staff threatened

Police in Dorset have apologised to staff at an estate agency after officers failed to respond to a call for help. Two women were working at a branch of Lovetts Estate Agents in Christchurch Road, Bournemouth when a man burst in and threatened them.

The whole incident was captured on CCTV last Wednesday but, despite 6 phone calls and four e-mails, the police are only now investigating the attack.

Our reporter Richard Slee talked to Lyn Kravos, Branch Manager; Maximillian De Kment, CEO, Lovett International and Inspector Alan Setchell, Dorset Police.

Anyone with information is asked to dial 101 and ask for Dorset Police.


Sussex campaigners protest over high rents

Campaigners will gather outside a council meeting in Hove this afternoon, to highlight high rents in the private sector - which they say cause poverty and homelessness.

Protesters will also urge the council to set an example to other landlords and pledge to build new housing with living rents linked to local wages.

An award for the treehouse, created in the woods of Sussex

Today we are featuring a winner of the RIBA prize - an oscar in the world of architecture and only awarded to those buildings that really stand out. It is a home in the middle of a forest, deep in the heart of Sussex. Using unusual materials and simple styling, it offers a unique place to live for a family that dared to be different. Stacey Poole has been for a look around.

Row erupts over idea for housing development over M4

A vision for a huge development of 30 thousand homes - on a flood plain - straddling the M4 is causing an outcry. It involves plans for a new garden city which would include shops being built above the motorway at Burghfield.

The scheme has been submitted as an entry for an influential economics prize. No official plans have been put to paper, but fears about flooding have already brought residents rushing to condemn the idea. Penny Silvester reports.

The interviewees are: Victoria Groulef, Reading West prospective parliamentary candidate; Alan Wade, a Southcote flood victim; and Babette Smeesters, a Southcote resident.

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