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Crunch time for councillors over huge Suffolk development

As well as new homes there'll also be a convenience store, community centre and sports ground. Credit: eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Planners will today decide if a controversial £100 million housing site will be built in Suffolk.

Campaigners lost their legal battle against the proposals for 2,000 new homes at Adastral Park at Martlesham Heath which they say is too close to the River Deben estuary.

Opponents are concerned about the environmental impact. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The crunch decision will be taken at a meeting by Suffolk Coastal's planning committee but they are recommended to approve them.

It follows years of debate and protests and court battles. Opponents say they're concerned about traffic congestion and the the impact the development will have on the internationally- protected River Deben.

The developers, Carlyle Land Ltd and CEG claim the 279 acre project will create hundreds of jobs. As well as new homes there'll also be a new convenience store, community centre and sports ground.

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£60 million care centre given the go-ahead in Northamptonshire

Artist impression of the new care home Credit: Crown Care

Plans to build a £60 million pound care centre in Northamptonshire have been given the go-ahead.

The development will overlook the Drayton Reservoir and have an 83 bed care home and 307 apartments for the elderly.

The scheme will create at least 300 jobs.

"We pride ourselves on providing thriving homes with a philosophy of care that puts the needs of our residents at the centre of everything we do and how we do it. Middlemore is the first to focus on the care village model - communities at the heart of the community where they are based."

– Baldev Ladhar, Director of Crown Care

The Middlemore development has been designed by Newcastle-based architects ID Partnership.

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Long awaited report into tackling congestion on the A10 to be revealed

The stretch of the A10 between Ely and Cambridgeshire is notorious for congestion Credit: ITV News Anglia

A long-awaited report into the future of one of the region's most congested roads will be released later today.

Cambridgeshire County Council will look at a number of options for the A10 which runs all the way from King's Lynn into London.

It's notoriously busy around the stretch from Ely to Cambridge.

Options to address the congested A10 will be revealed Credit: ITV News Anglia

The A10 north is a key transport route for economic growth in the region, linking Ely, and other towns and villages to the north, with the city and wider transport network.

Rapid growth has put pressure on the road with peak-time congestion.

Thousands of new jobs and homes are planned along the route over the next decade or so, including 10,000 new homes at Waterbeach alone.

A study was commissioned by the Greater Cambridge Partnership to look out how to address the current challenges. It will be published today (Monday 8th January).

Any proposals will then be considered by all the councils affected.

Gender pay gap: Luton's easyJet releases figures

Luton based easyJet has revealed its gender pay gap figures Credit: ITV News Anglia

New gender pay gap figures show women's average hourly salary is as much as 52% less than men's at some companies.

More than 500 organisations have published their gender pay gap figures, which reveal the difference in the average pay and bonuses for female and male employees.

At Luton based easyJet, the mean hourly rate for women was 52% lower than for men.

The airline says men and women in the same roles were paid the same, and attributed the discrepancy in pay to having more men in higher-paid positions.

Just 6% of easyJet pilots - who earn an average salary of £92,400 - are women, while females make up 69% of its cabin crew, earning £24,800 on average.

The firm said it was actively seeking to recruit more female pilots, with a target of 20% of new entrant pilots being women by 2020.

Norwich MP says Colman's decision is 'devastating body blow' for city

The local MP for the historic Colman's mustard site in Norwich has described the decision by Unilever to shut the factory as a "body blow for the workers and the city of Norwich."

Clive Lewis, the Labour MP for Norwich South said: "Colman's is an iconic brand for this city and this news is going to be devastating. It's a terrible way to start 2018 coming on the back of Britvic's announcement that they will leaving the same site."

Colman's Mustard was started near Norwich in 1814 and moved production to its current site in the city in 1858.

The Conservative MP for Norwich North, Chloe Smith, said the decision was "bitterly disappointing" and a "real blow" to workers.

She said it was a distressing day for Norwich.

"Senior figures in Government have stood with us throughout the last few months to try to keep these historic brands in Norwich.

"The grassroots campaign has been a credit to the city and that has its reward in that the Colman's brand will remain in Norwich and the supply chain may remain in place.

"I am fundamentally disappointed that neither of these companies have chosen to keep the bulk of their operations in Norwich. "My first thoughts are with those constituents who may lose their jobs; my focus for the longer term will be that major employers should continue to see Norwich as a great place to be."

– Chloe Smith MP, Norwich North (Con)
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