The first of four public consultations into a proposed development around the Madejski Stadium begins today.
The plans include more than six hundred new homes, restaurants and leisure facilities. The developers say it will bring one thousand jobs to the town.
Plans have been submitted to transform Dorchester prison into 200 new homes.
The Victorian jail closed two years ago.
A developer has proposed converting the prison wings into one and two bedroom apartments.
Campaigners turned out in force today for the start of test-case planning inquiry into controversial plans to build five hundred homes close to woodland that is centuries old.
They say development of the site off Hermitage Lane at Allington in Maidstone would destroy ancient woodland known as Bluebell Wood.
But developers say it does not qualify as 'ancient' woodland and the plans should go ahead.
The outcome could affect the future of dozens of other woodland sites. John Ryall reports.
The Government has pledged to tackle the shortage of homes in the south east - the question is where will thousands of new houses be built?
Several sites in Kent and Sussex have been earmarked for development. The Communities Secretary has now hinted that two new Garden Cities could be built in the south east. It's speculated that Yalding, which suffered from the recent floods, could be one of the locations. Tom Savvides reports.