'No win, no fee' developer 'submits plans for 16,000 greenfield homes'

Reports that a property developer which offers landowners a 'no win, no fee' deal has submitted plans for more than 16,000 homes on greenfield sites across the country feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Sunday Times (subscription required) reports that Gladman "has 108 developments either under planning consideration or already approved and has submitted plans for 270 homes in Witney, Oxfordshire, where David Cameron is the MP". The newspaper says conservationists "have accused Gladman of being ‘confrontational’ by ignoring the objections of residents and exploiting ‘loopholes’ in the government’s relaxation of planning rules under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)". David Gladman, founding partner of the developer, said the accusations were "bunkum", the newspaper says.

The Guardian reports that "ambitious thirty-somethings are leaving London in droves", according to an analysis of official data "that suggests a significant exodus from London is under way". The newspaper says that figures released by the Office for National Statistics "show that, in the year to June last year, 58,220 people aged 30-39 left the capital – the highest number on record and a 10 per cent increase on 2010".

About 300,000 disabled people "are stuck on housing waiting lists across the UK, forced to make do in accommodation that does not meet their needs", the Guardian reports. The newspaper says that a report by charity, Leonard Cheshire Disability, "accused the government and housing developers of failing disabled people". The charity wants the government to make housing developers "build all new homes so they are easy to adapt (so-called ‘lifetime homes’) if a resident was to become disabled, and for 10 per cent of large developments to be fully wheelchair accessible so that disabled people can live independently and pursue job opportunities across the country", the newspaper reports.

Writing in the Observer, columnist Rachel Cooke says "lovely old buildings"... "gladden the heart – and provide a perspective our politicians would do well to remember". Cooke says "good and lovely buildings gladden the heart; their aesthetic pleasures make people feel substantively better. More than that, they provide a healthy sense of perspective. By connecting us subtly to the past, they somehow lighten the load of the present. And which of us doesn’t sometimes desperately need that?".

The Independent reports that a shale gas fracking firm's plans to look for gas in North Yorkshire have been criticised by environmental groups. The newspaper says that gas firm Third Energy "last week drew intense criticism from local campaigners as well as the local Conservative MP after announcing plans to hydraulically fracture – or ‘frack’ – an existing well at Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire".


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