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Should more council homes be built?

High rents, a housing shortage, a lack of land to build on. So many people are struggling to find anywhere to rent, let alone to buy. Councils are being encouraged to build more social housing to meet that ever-rising demand. But the numbers of new homes remain stubbornly small. Tom Savvides reports from Gillingham where newly-built council homes have been opened. He talks to tenant Samantha Burton, Medway councillor Howard Doe and Housing Minister Gavin Barwell.

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Video: Homeowners complain of subsidence

Is a major shopping development to blame for homes cracking up and a park sinking in Newbury? That's what some residents think - and now they want the company behind it to pay out thousands of pounds in compensation.

The Parkway shopping centre on London Road was built by the company - Costain - 3 years ago. They say the problems are not their fault and blame it on a dry summer back in 2010.

But as Heather Edwards reports the local town council also thinks the company has questions to answer.

Plans for new homes in Ashford will go on display

Chilmington green - plans for new homes on show Credit: ITV Meridian

Residents are being asked for their views on plans to build thousands of new homes in Ashford. If the proposals go ahead it would see up to 5,750 homes built at Chilmington Green over the next 25 years.

Local people will get a chance to look at the plans at venues in around Ashford over the next few months. The plans can also be looked at online by going to Ashford Borough Council's website.

Homes approved despite protests

Plans for 900 new homes and an industrial estate near Swindon have been approved by the planning inspector - against the wishes of tens of thousands of residents.

The Borough Council rejected the plans for the land between Coate Water Country Park and the Great Western Hospital last year.

But developer Redrow went to a planning inquiry who overturned that decision. Redrow says its paying a lot of money to improve the park alongside the development.

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