Spending cuts 'should not squeeze out good planning'

A senior economist's call for 'good planning' not to be 'squeezed out' by future public spending cuts features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Times (subscription required) runs an article by Kate Barker, the author of Labour’s 2004 review into housing supply, who says "public spending cuts may mean yet further reduction in the already stressed resources of local planning departments". Barker adds: "We need good planning if it is to be an efficient process, capable of producing high quality development in the places we care about. Good planning should not be squeezed out."

The Times (subscription required) also reports that Stansted Airport will submit plans for a new runway some time in the next decade. The newspaper says that the chief executive of the airport’s owner, Manchester Airport Group, said that "present expansion rates meant that his airport would apply for the repeal of existing local authority shackles and then lobby for a second runway to satisfy demand".

The Guardian reports that "about 43 per cent of Britain’s homes were powered by wind last Sunday". The newspaper says that National Grid figures "showed that an average of 7.315GW of power was produced by wind farms, setting a new record for the UK. The previous record was 7.234GW".

The Telegraph reports that the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, "has signed a landmark deal with Paramount to open a theme park scheduled for 2020". The newspaper says that BBC Worldwide has signed the deal with London Resort Company Holdings, the company behind the multi-billion pound London Paramount Entertainment Resort in Kent which is scheduled to open in 2020.

The Financial Times (subscription required) reports that Birmingham City Council "is facing central government intervention" after a highly critical government report on the management of the city. The newspaper says that, "while it does not go as far as to recommend breaking up the council, the report does say its underperformance ‘is a matter of national importance’ and ‘the council cannot carry on any longer as it is’".

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