Goldsmith 'would keep Zero Carbon Homes programme'

Reports that London mayoral hopeful Zac Goldsmith has pledged to boost the use solar power in the capital and would 'continue the Zero Carbon Homes programme, which has been scrapped nationally' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

London's Evening Standard reports that Goldsmith has "pledged a ‘solar revolution’ with millions of pounds for homes and schools in his first major green announcement." The newspaper adds that Goldsmith "said he would continue the Zero Carbon Homes programme, which has been scrapped nationally, and work with developers to encourage solar on new flats and houses."

UK onshore wind farm projects "worth £1 billion have been scrapped or put on hold" by energy firm RWE Innogy following recent policy changes, the Telegraph reports. The newspaper says that the firm has revealed that "up to £800 million investment in 10 to 12 proposed wind farms in Scotland and Wales is on hold until ministers confirm whether any subsidies will be available to support them".

The Evening Standard reports that a "£105 million plan to transform a green space near Heathrow into a wildlife haven four times the size of Hyde Park has been unveiled." The newspaper says that the airport’s proposals, "which would be considered if controversial third runway plans are approved, would see work carried out at the existing Colne Valley Regional Park, a 27,500 acre space which lies to the west of London. Heathrow developers want to expand it with new wet meadows, pastures for grazing animals, bridleways and a cross country course."

The Evening Standard also reports a notorious flyover in East London could be demolished. The newspaper says that the "Bow flyover could be removed under plans to make one of London’s most notorious areas safer for pedestrians and cyclists." According to the newspaper, mayoral agency Transport for London has unveiled a long-term vision for the area to "provide better links between the CS2 cycle superhighway and the River Lea towpath, and reduce the impact of the traffic that thunders through the area."

The Telegraph reports that, despite their cost and prestige, penthouses could lead people "to an early death." The newspaper says that a study in Canada found that "people living on the upper floors of high-rises are far more likely to die from heart problems than those on the lower levels … because paramedics cannot get to the top floors quickly enough to use defibrillators or give life-saving medication".