Millwall stadium CPO decision delayed

Reports that that a decision has been delayed on plans to compulsorily purchase land surrounding Millwall Football Club's Den stadium which the club says could mean it would have to vacate the site feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The London Borough of Lewisham’s cabinet was today expected to ratify the compulsory purchase order (CPO), but the meeting has now been rescheduled to 8 February following legal advice, London’s Evening Standard reports. The newspaper says, speaking last Friday, "the club’s chief executive Steve Kavanagh admitted that Millwall would have to consider relocating outside of the Borough if the CPO was confirmed".

Housebuilder Bovis is facing "hundreds of unhappy customers" who have complained of moving into unfinished homes, the Times (subscription required) reports.

House rental growth "slowed to an average of 1.7 per cent across the UK last year, a slump from 3.8 per cent in 2015", the Times (subscription required) also reports. The newspaper says that the "nationwide average rent for a new tenancy was £892 in December, up from £877 the previous year, according to the HomeLet Rental Index".

A row has erupted over plans by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum to open a late-night bar in a new plaza which neighbours say will be "nothing short of torture", the Evening Standard reports.

Bath could become the first UK city to impose a tourist tax on overnight visitors, the Telegraph reports. The newspaper says that "Charles Gerrish, a Conservative councillor, told BBC Radio Bristol that the local authority is considering the introduction of a ‘tourist bed tax’, to be paid by all those staying in a hotel or B&B, to help offset the £37 million of cuts it is facing over the next five years."

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