Third runway 'delayed' as airport tries to cut cost of project

Reports that Heathrow's third runway plans have been delayed until at least the end of the year feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Heathrow’s plans for a third runway have been delayed until at least the end of the year as the airport tries to cut £6 billion from the cost of the project, The Times (subscription required) reports. The newspaper says that a report by the Civil Aviation Authority said that Heathrow’s proposals would be published "no earlier" than December, "suggesting that the process could slip into next year". The newspaper adds: "It had been thought that by August the airport would have released a consultation setting out its plans to deliver a 50 per cent increase in flights."

Economist Kate Barker has urged the government to come up with new policies to help buyers and renters, or there will never be enough houses built to keep prices down, the Daily Telegraph reports. Barker’s 2004 report on housing supply found that 233,000 to 285,000 new houses would be needed in England each year, depending on how much the government wanted to slow down house price growth. She said: "Sometimes I think I’ve been responsible for a narrative that makes supply too important [in the debate]." But she told the newspaper that she still does want more action on supply of new homes. "The real question is whether or not the government is prepared to be more interventionist in the land market, in terms of acquiring land for new towns or big urban extensions," Barker said.

The number of green belt sites under threat of development around London has more than doubled, The Times (subscription required) reports. The newspaper says that research published by the London Green Belt Council, a coalition of groups seeking to preserve the capital’s green belt, claims that there are 443 sites earmarked for development, up from 203 a year ago.

Online food ordering company Deliveroo is facing council battles over its use of "dark kitchens" on car parks and industrial estates where chefs are making takeaway food for trendy restaurants, the Guardian reports. "In a skirmish that illustrates the tensions caused by the gig economy, the Deliveroo kitchen ‘pods’ are coming under fire as councils accuse the firm of bypassing planning permission rules and local residents complain of excessive noise," the newspaper reports.

The City of London Corporation has announced plans for a new centralised court complex with a focus on fraud and cyber crime, in an effort to uphold London’s reputation as an international legal centre post-Brexit, the Financial Times (subscription required) reports. According to the newspaper, the new 18-courtroom complex is to be located on or around Fleet Street.


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