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Budget: Osborne unveils home-building plans

George Osborne reveals an extension of the Help to Buy scheme and plans for new garden city with 15,000 new homes.

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LGA: Wrong for quango to lead Ebbsfleet development

The Local Government Association expressed concern at the Chancellor's decision to establish an unelected urban development corporation to drive the development of Ebbsfleet.

While we support the Government's aims to build more houses, democratically accountable councils have been at the forefront of delivering local growth and the creation of a separate, remote quango is unnecessary.

Residents will be concerned that such a body, unelected and accountable to central government, could have the power to make local decisions about investment, planning, development and possibly even local transport.

– Sir Merrick Cockell, LGA chairman

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