Controversy over decision to sell land near Shakepeare's wife's cottage for redevelopment

Reports that campaigners have expressed disappointment at a decision to sell a parcel of land close to the home of William Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway, to a developer feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Independent reports that a decision by trustees of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust "to sell some three acres of land close to the Tudor cottage will allow the building of a link road for a new development of 800 homes to the west of the hamlet of Shottery". The paper adds that the development plans for Shottery "had been the subject of a lengthy planning dispute" that went all the way to the High Court after the local authority refused permission for 800 homes on two sites: "The project was given the go-ahead by former local government secretary Eric Pickles in 2013 but only gained final consent after the High Court turned down an appeal by Stratford-on-Avon District Council."

The Times (subscription) reports that "Britain will shut down all its coal-fired power stations by 2023, under plans being drawn up by ministers before a United Nations climate change conference in Paris next month". The paper says that proposals "to set a firm date for the country’s last coal-fired station to cease generating electricity are being discussed by officials at the Department of Energy and Climate Change".

The Guardian reports that the "biggest threat to renewable energy in the UK, and the country’s energy systems, comes from a lack of clarity on the part of government, a leading academic has said". The paper says that Rob Gross, director of the centre for energy policy at Imperial College London, said on Monday: "There is a lack of clarity over what they want people to do. This lack of clarity is erasing investment in everything. With more clarity, you would get more investment.’"

The Daily Mail reports that a Lincolnshire family has been told to remove solar panels from the roof of their "ultimate eco property" after the local authority "received a solitary objection about them from a neighbour". The paper says that East Lindsey District Council ruled that a retrospective application for the panels "went against a local policy which 'states that development which harms the general amenities of people living nearby will not be permitted'." The family are appealing the council's decision, the paper adds.


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