Snowdonia hydroelectric plans withdrawn

Reports that plans for a hydroelectric scheme in the Snowdonia National Park have been withdrawn ahead of a planning committee meeting feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Times (subscription) reports that "environmentalists and local businesses had opposed the proposals for a hydroelectric scheme on the River Conwy, near Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia National Park". The paper says that the energy company behind the bid, Innogy Renewables UK, "said yesterday that it would be withdrawing its planning application after Natural Resources Wales demanded more information on how the scheme would protect the passage of salmon to spawning grounds upstream".

The Telegraph reports that Britain’s toad population "has plummeted by nearly 70 per cent over the past 30 years and is now in such peril the species is close to qualifying as endangered". The paper says that a new report from the Froglife charity reveals that "hundreds and thousands" of the amphibians have disappeared from the countryside since the 1980s. "The decline is thought to have been prompted by a combination of new farming techniques, which have entailed the loss of ponds and the death of prey from pesticides, as well as increasing urbanisation," the paper says.

London’s Evening Standard reports that plans for a residential tower containing 11 flats in the London Borough of Lambeth have been recommended for refusal by planners. The paper says that neighbours of the proposed development "have submitted dozens of objections". "They say the tower will be twice as high as surrounding properties, wrecking the area’s character and blocking views of Big Ben. They also criticised its failure to include any affordable units", it adds.

The Standard also reports that a third runway at Heathrow "would not break any pollution laws", a study by the University of Cambridge has suggested. The paper says the study found that although there would be a "marginal increase" in nitrogen dioxide coming from the airport, "this would be countered by a drop in NO2 from traffic elsewhere".


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