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Fifteen years in the planning - the first

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residents move into a new town north of Cambridge.

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A Dunstable marketing company gets a record fine

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And I'll be here with the very latest of the weekend. Join me

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later. -- latest of the weather into the weekend.

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More than fifteen years after plans originally went on display,

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the first residents are moving into Northstowe -

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the new township being build to the north of Cambridge.

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When it's finished, it will have ten thousand homes -

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and it was a big factor in the construction

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This is Sebastien's new house in the new town of Northstowe.

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He couldn't afford Cambridge or anywhere nearby,

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When we came here for the first time, it was just a flat

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piece of land with a few machines digging holes in the ground.

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Then after five months, they built a home.

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We came here few times and we could see the house rise from there.

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Today marked the launch of the very first homes on the old

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Plans for the new settlement were first mooted back in 1998.

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Of course, there have been some tricky moments,

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The economy has not been as friendly as it might have

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been and we had the A14 in and out of the programme.

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All these things have been sent to try us, but

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those of us who have been in it for the duration, we've held onto

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the dream and the reality is all around us.

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Hunting through the BBC archives, it was

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back in the summer of 2003 that the name Northstowe was agreed.

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Back then, the plan was to have 6000 homes built by 2016.

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As you can see, it's only now that the first

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Were the developers waiting for land prices

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We've always tried to proceed with the development of

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Northstowe and the sale of land as quickly as we possibly can.

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It's in no-one's interest to hold onto

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the land and to keep those costs of servicing that land.

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It's in no-one's interest to do that at all.

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Of the 10,000 homes, 40% will be affordable.

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With many people priced out of nearby towns,

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We have been really surprised that most of it has come

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These are really houses for local people.

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The fact that the bus-way already exists

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and you can get straight into the centre of town.

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and to Cambridge North Station as well.

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That has been a key factor for people's accessibility.

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But also the way out for facilities Northstowe will offer.

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Sebastien knows we will be living with the builders for

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decades to come, but this afternoon, a collective sigh of relief.

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Northstowe is finally a real place to live.

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So what are the challenges for the housing market

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Our political reporter Mousumi Bakshi has been

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Well, it's no surprise that the houseprice slowdown in some

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areas of the region has had little impact on the housing market.

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Last year, across the East, more than 21,000

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so there was a still a shortfall of around 8500 homes.

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The lack of available land to build on.

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One of my asks from the next Government would be to help with the

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land availability and they can do that in a number of ways.

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Firstly, by actually creating some flexibility

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So, there are sometimes some regeneration sites that need

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cleaning up before they can be built on.

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Sometimes land needs to be assembled in a way that makes a site

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Then there needs to be some investment in infrastructure.

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So with house prices still going up, what about so-called

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So how has a lack of supply affected house prices?

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Well over the past year, prices have gone up by 3%

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in Cambridge, 17% in Bedford and 19% in Milton Keynes.

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The highest change was seen in Luton where average house prices have

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Tough conditions for first time buyers.

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My budget, I'm looking at somewhere between ?200,000 to ?250,000.

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I don't really want to go that high, so maybe ?230,000

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Saving for a deposit is the hardest thing about it and then going

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Because they ask you every question and it is very difficult to justify

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To what you're spending, and things like that.

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So with house prices still going up, what about so-called

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Well, according to the Hundred Houses Society in Cambridge,

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220,000 low-cost homes need to be built every year in England.

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But last year, 40,000 were built which suggests

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political parties will have to make ambitious election pledges

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And if there's a burning issue for you in this election,

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Get in touch by phone, by email and tweet us

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A marketing company, which made nearly 100 million nuisance calls,

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has been fined a record ?400,000, by the Information

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Keurboom Communications, based in Dunstable, made automated

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The call, the click on your line and then the recorded

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Today, Keurboom Communications was fined ?400,000

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These calls disrupt my worker, cause unnecessary anxiety

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One said it was a stalking complaint and they

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were harassed by their ex-partner by calls and text messages, so

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Companies can only call with permission.

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Keurboom Communications did not but made the calls anyway.

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It has now gone bust and a not pay the fine.

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The industry itself welcomes tighter regulation.

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At the moment, it may have well be in a bad place and people do

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If we can get rid of nuisance calls, it would re-establish itself for

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But some think fines are not enough and only

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the threat of prison to

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The long-awaited Dunstable bypass opened to traffic this morning,

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It links the A5 to the M1, north of the Bedfordshire town.

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The ?160 million project, also includes the new junction

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Mike Cartwright has been to find out.

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Nearly three miles long, three year is and ?160 million in the making.

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A new bypass joining a new motorway junction.

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We will be able to take heavy goods vehicles out of

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Dunstable and the villages surrounding us.

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That'll make a huge difference to the quality of life

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-- for those residents and of course the air quality

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In Dunstable, fewer cars and eventually

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Drugs are coming through today but that will stop.

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Numberplate recognition will be used.

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We will only see then a there has been a closure or they are

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Road networks made to stop the traffic bottleneck here.

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I will just straighten it and trim it

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The hairdressers hope it will tempt more customers into the

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Hopefully they can get in and out without being stuck in traffic

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We always have customers telling us they will be late because

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they are stuck in traffic, it will be five or ten minutes.

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First spoken about 60 years ago, now open for

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A teenager has been found guilty of stabbing a police dog and his

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PC Dave Wardell and his German shepherd Finn were attacked

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Both have since made a full recovery.

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A 16-year-old boy from London, who can't be named for legal

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reasons, was found guilty of actual bodily harm and criminal damage.

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That's the late news from Look East, I'll leave

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Anna Lo. Some changes on the way with the weather, including some

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rain in the forecast as they go to unite, Inc racing clouds could bring

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some potentially happy, possibly some potentially happy, possibly

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thundery downpours during the course of the night into the early hours of

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tomorrow morning. Much milder than last night. Although, eight Celsius.

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This whole weather system that has brought of this unit, Monty and

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starting to head northwards. It remains rather muggy and humid

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throughout the day. Brighter skies with sunshine. Some showers

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following on behind the knees could be heavy, possibly thundery into the

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afternoon. Some parts of the region will see them. Despite this,

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18-19dC. The national weather is coming up that he is the outlook.

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Into the weekend, slightly cooler, fresh appeal to things. Tim Rogers

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We want to see the economy work for everybody, not

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Now the weather. , yes a humid dead. We have had

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photographs of

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