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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

Bristol councillors have objected to plans to build up to 340 homes on green-belt land near Whitchurch.

The applications, from developer Robert Hitchens, are to build on 32 acres of land bordered by Staunton Lane and Stockwood Lane.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

A BRISTOL city council project that was supposed to save £2.5 million by selling off its office buildings has been condemned as “inadequate and flawed”.

The authority had hoped to cut the number of buildings it uses from 52 to 17 by 2014/15, as part of the four-year, £70-million savings plan.

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By Tom Moseley, Parlimanetary Correspondent

This is how Bristol’s new electoral map will look if plans to redraw constituency boundaries are given the go-ahead.

The Boundary Commission for England has announced proposals to redraw constituencies as part of a plan to reduce the number of MPs nationwide from 650 to 600.

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The future of Ashton Vale, where a 30,000-seat stadium is planned, will now be decided in court. Political Editor
Ian Onions (i.onions@bepp.co.uk) talked to the former councillor who is leading the challenge.

Nearly a year ago to the day, an independent inspector rocked council leaders and Bristol City football club by recommending that Ashton Vale should be registered as a town green, effectively ruling out plans for a new £92-million stadium. But Alderman Peter Crispin was not surprised.

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By Mike Ribbeck, Business Editor / m.ribbeck@bepp.co.uk

MORE than 120 businesses and local organisations are backing the controversial bendy bus scheme for Bristol.

Five bids for funding for transport schemes in the Bristol area have been lodged with the Government.

As part of the £200 million package a rapid transit system would be created in Bristol.

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By Sam Rkaina, Local Government Reporter / s.rkaina@bepp.co.uk

Up to 14,000 Bristol homes could be at risk of flooding by the year 2100, causing £66 million worth of damage.

That is according to a report on flood risk by Bristol City Council that aims to find out how bad the problem is now and will become in the future.

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By Ian Onions, Political Editor / i.onions@bepp.co.uk

Trade union leaders in the Bristol area have condemned  Ed Miliband for failing to back strikes over pension reforms.

The Labour leader was heckled by delegates at the TUC Congress  in London, where he said it would be a “mistake” to strike while talks were taking place.

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