Podcast: First 8,500 homes at Otterpool Park on and around the former Folkestone Racecourse are approved

Controversial plans for a huge new garden town in Kent have been given the go ahead.

Council bosses have approved the first 8,500 homes at Otterpool Park which will be on and around the former Folkestone Racecourse. Hear from the council leader.

Meantime, the country’s biggest wine producer has been given permission to build a new winery near Canterbury.

Chapel Down say the development just off the A2 at Bridge will create more than 400 jobs.

Also in today’s podcast, the government is being accused of deliberately suggesting accommodation for asylum seekers that’s inhumane and oppressive.

A Dover charity has spoken out, as the home secretary reportedly considers using a barge off the coast of Devon to house up to 500 refugees.

Hear from Kay Marsh from Samphire.

House prices in Margate have gone up a whopping 109% in the past decade, according to new research.

Figures from the Halifax show the cost of a property in the seaside town was just over £146,000 in 2012 – that had risen to £305,000 last year.

We’ve been getting reaction from the regional managing director at Wards estate agents.

There are concerns a Kent village could become a ghost town, with every traditional pub in the area now up for sale.

The City of London, The Ocean Inn and The Ship Inn in Dymchurch are all on the market. The owners of a micropub there have been sharing their thoughts.

And in sport, Kent get their cricket season under way tomorrow.

Hear from batting coach Alex Gidman and player Jack Leaning who have been speaking to reporter Tom Reeves.