The Times (subscription required) reports that latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government "estimated that ‘high’ net immigration running at 217,000 per year would result in an additional 95,000 families needing homes each year until 2037."
The Times (subscription required) also reports that environmental activists "have embedded themselves in the villages around Heathrow and vowed to wage a long campaign of civil disobedience against the building of a third runway." The newspaper says that the activists "are allied with local campaigners in the blighted villages of Harmondsworth, Sipson and Harlington to fight the expansion of the airport which is expected to be approved by the Cabinet next week."
The Telegraph reports that the comic behind Dame Edna Everage "is fighting plans to dig out a basement which he claims could cause his home to collapse." The newspaper says that Barry Humphries, "who lives with fourth wife Lizzie Spender in a £1.5 million flat in Hampstead, north London, revealed he narrowly escaped when a similar development caused his ceiling to fall in. The 81-year-old Australian comedian, speaking this week, said he was furious about the new plans submitted next-door, saying it would put him in danger again."
The Guardian reports that house prices in the UK "are set to increase by between 4 per cent and 6 per cent in 2016, as increasing affordability problems and the prospects of an interest rate rise put the brakes on the property market", the country’s biggest mortgage lender Halifax has forecast. The newspaper says that "demand for property has increased in recent months, but the number of homes coming on to the market has remained at a record low. Surveyors and property websites have reported a shortage of properties for sale which is driving up prices, and described a vicious circle as potential sellers wait until there are more homes available before putting theirs on the market."
The Guardian also reports that the small South American country of Uruguay has in less than 10 years "slashed its carbon footprint and lowered electricity costs, without government subsidies". The paper says that "now that renewables provide 94.5 per cent of the country’s electricity, prices are lower than in the past relative to inflation."