Flood-hit town 'concerned over housing approval'

A report that residents of a Devon town hit by recent flooding are concerned that a recent controversial planning approval in the area will increase future flood risk features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Independent reports that properties in Feniton, East Devon, which were hit by flooding in 2008, "were once again evacuated as water cascaded from a field where developers Wainhomes have won a controversial ruling to build 50 new homes, despite evidence that new developments can exacerbate local flooding problems". The paper says local residents have "complained that developers had won permission to build new homes on sites already at risk of flooding". According to the paper, the Planning Inspectorate approved the development, "in the face of opposition from village residents and councillors, because the council had failed to meet a new government obligation to provide suitable building sites to meet local housing needs". Work is due to start on the site next month, the paper says.

The Telegraph reports
on comments from a professor of exercise and sports at Edinburgh University, who says Britain is facing a "glut of inactivity". Nanetter Mutrie says that in the past decade we have lost "about 80 miles per person per year in terms of walking for transport". The paper says the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published new guidance that "aims to reverse this trend and make going by foot or bike ‘the norm’ for short journeys".

The Guardian reports
that three months after the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympics Aquatics Centre "has begun its transformation from the ugly duckling to the white swan of the Olympic Park". The paper says the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has now removed the huge outer "water wings" on the sides of the venue, and between now and next spring "they will be replaced by huge glass windows on Zaha Hadid's wave-like design".

The Independent reports that construction firms "working on landmark projects including the London Olympics, Wembley Stadium and the Millennium Dome were among those who used a secret ‘blacklist’ to screen out troublesome left-wing workers". According to the paper, Ian Kerr, "who ran the industry blacklist for more than a decade", told the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, which is conducting an investigation into blacklisting, that the blacklist "was originally set up through a loan from leading construction firm Sir Robert McAlpine".

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