Author battles wind turbine plan

Reports that the author of children's novel War Horse is fighting plans for a 'towering' wind turbine near his Devon home feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Times (subscription required) reports that the "unassuming" Devon landscape of gentle valleys and modest farms where author Michael Morpurgo set his novel War Horse is under threat from a "towering" wind turbine. According to the newspaper, developers are appealing against the refusal of planning permission for a 250ft turbine "that would dominate the surrounding countryside, still a patchwork of hamlets and small fields that have changed little since the First World War". The newspaper reports that Torridge, the district where War Horse was set, "already has more wind turbines that any other part of Devon".

The Times (subscription required) also reports that housing costs have left working families on low incomes with barely enough spending power to cover essential items. The newspaper reports that research by low pay think-tank the Resolution Foundation found that 2.2 million households on below-average incomes were left with an average of £135 to spend each week after a third or more of their disposable income went on rent or mortgages.

The Telegraph reports that a house has been put up for sale for £5,000 in a "crime-plagued street that can lay claim to being the cheapest in Britain". According to the newspaper, the last houses to sell on Limetrees Close in Stockton-on-Tees went for £8,500 and £9,000 respectively. The newspaper says that the street is in Port Clarence, "an area on the edge of the sprawling chemical plants that occupy miles of flat land between Middlesbrough and Hartlepool".

The Independent reports that built environment conservation adviser English Heritage’s choice of 10 great English railway stations "has sparked debate among the railway fraternity … with many claims that equally important stations have been left out". "Desti-stations" selected to be on English Heritage’s list include London Paddington, Newcastle Central and Windsor and Eton Riverside, according to the newspaper. But it reports: "Some rail experts contacted by the Independent expressed surprise at the organisation’s choice."

The Financial Times (subscription required) publishes an interview with Bristol’s directly elected mayor, George Ferguson. He tells the newspaper that as mayor he has been able to push through change where previous administrations "dithered". On his watch, Bristol secured the European Green Capital award for 2015 and fulfilled his election promise to win the go-ahead for an indoor arena, the newspaper reports. But it adds that Ferguson has been less successful at persuading homeowners to improve traffic deadlock by adopting residential parking zones.


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