Stansted is to attempt to "steal Gatwick’s crown as Britain’s second biggest airport" under plans to almost double passenger numbers, The Times (subscription required) reports. According to the newspaper, the Essex airport announced yesterday that £130 million would be spent on a new arrivals building to allow it to make full use of its runway capacity. "Airport bosses said it would enable Stansted to grow from 24 million passengers a year to its present planning limit of 35 million by 2030," the newspaper reports. "It will eventually lodge fresh planning permission to enable it to take 43 million passengers," according to the newspaper.
There are fears that younger people could be disadvantaged by the government’s move to divert money set aside to give councils incentives to build new homes to pay for social care, the Daily Telegraph reports. The newspaper reports that, under changes to the New Homes Bonus scheme, councils will no longer get a payout for the new homes in their area unless they increase their housing stock by more than 0.4 per cent each year. "Critics have warned that the decision will prompt local authorities to rethink their building programmes, leading to fewer new homes," the newspaper reports.
Austrian MPs have voted to use compulsory purchase laws to seize the house where Adolf Hitler was born and turn it into a workshop for disabled people, The Times (subscription required) reports. "A large majority approved the compulsory purchase law tabled by the government to end years of wrangling with the owners of the dilapidated three-storey house in Braunau am Inn," the newspaper says.
A house in Edinburgh designed by architect Richard Murphy has been awarded House of the Year 2016 by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Guardian reports. "On a six-metre deep site at the end of a sloping Georgian terrace in Edinburgh’s New Town, [Murphy] has concocted a three-dimensional spatial riddle that speaks of a lifetime of coming up with ingenious solutions to tight historical contexts, carving out a world that reels in its architectural tricks," the newspaper writes.
A study has revealed that "rampant" road building has "shattered" the Earth’s land area into 600,000 fragments, most of which are too tiny to support significant wildlife, the Guardian reports. According to the newspaper, an international team of researchers warn that roadless areas are disappearing and that urgent action is needed to protect these last wildernesses.