Retail parks 'should be demolished and replaces with homes'

A call for new homes to be built on retail parks features in today's newspaper round-up.

Bold thinking is needed to solve the housing crisis, editor-at-large of Country Life magazine, Clive Aslet writes in the Times (subscription required). Aslet says that one sollution would be for retail parks to be redeveloped and replaced with "blocks of flats, four or five storeys high, around courtyards and gardens".

Ministers "are working on proposals for far more clean air zones after the high court ruled last month that their air quality strategy was inadequate", the Times (subscription required) reports. The newspaper says that a "confidential report for ministers reveals that the cities likely to be affected include Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool, Bristol, Leicester and Sheffield".

An article in the Guardian looks at the methods used in cities across the world to tackle air pollution.

Writing in the Times (subscription required), Centre for Cities chief executive Alexandra Jones, says that new elected mayors due to take office next year will face many challenges, including negotiating "economic uncertainty as Brexit negotiations begin in earnest, and winning over the local politicians and residents who are sceptical about the role".

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