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Inquiry begins into plans to build homes on ancient woodland

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.

Government pledge to tackle housing shortage in the south east

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.