Green power plants 'will not be built' following subsidy cuts

Reports that campaigners have warned that many 'new green power stations' will no longer be built after subsidies for onshore wind and solar energy were slashed feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Independent reports that, in "a development that will make it even harder for Britain to meet its ambitious climate change targets, numerous projects, from large onshore windfarms to small household solar installations, are no longer expected to go ahead." The newspaper quotes Craig Bennett, chief executive of Friends of the Earth, saying: "It is not at all surprising investors are losing interesting in UK renewable energy given the political context. It’s a direct consequence of the Government taking an ideological sledgehammer to these technologies".

The Guardian reports that annual net migration to Britain in June "hit a new record level of 336,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS)." The newspaper says that the "82,000 rise in overall net migration in the 12 months to June was fuelled by a rise of 62,000 in immigration to 636,000 and a fall of 30,000 in emigration compared with the previous year."

The Telegraph reports that a multimillion pound house in west London which was in the process of having its basement excavated has collapsed. The newspaper says that the "Georgian townhouse, thought to be worth £3.8 million, was having its basement enlarged and was surrounded by scaffolding when it was razed to the ground. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) was alerted shortly before midday to the home in The Terrace, in Barnes, west London, and performed a search for anyone trapped in the rubble."

The Times (subscription required) reports that housebuilder Telford Homes has bought a £20 million site at Poplar in east London to build a 22-storey housing and nursery development. The site already has planning permission, which was secured by the previous site owner, Ballymore, the newspaper says.

The Telegraph reports that "Leafy, middle" areas of England "are falling behind some of the most deprived parts of the country in improving quality of life, new research by one of the world’s leading experts on public health suggests." The newspaper says that an analysis by "Sir Michael Marmot, an authority on the effects of inequality on health, shows that while some of the poorest neighbourhoods have seen significant progress in recent years, other seemingly comfortable areas have effectively stagnated."

The Independent reports that the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay, "which served as John Cleese's original inspiration for Fawlty Towers, is set to be demolished." The newspaper says that the "three-star hotel, located in Devon's popular seaside town, will be torn down in favour of a retirement home boasting 21 one-bedroom and 11 two-bedroom apartments."

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