Government's green growth strategy 'vital step forward for UK'

A claim that the government's clean growth strategy, published yesterday, 'marks an important and vital step forward for the UK' features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian's environment editor Damian Carrington says that the document proves that the "grownups have finally won and everyone in the UK, from those in cold homes to those on polluted streets and in flooded towns, will benefit". Carrington says that the most important aspect of the strategy "is its unequivocal statement that tackling climate change and a prosperous economy are one and the same thing".

Telegraph business writer Jillian Ambrose says that the document "marks an important one for policymakers and big business: the green agenda has come of age". Ambrose says that the strategy "could help rebalance regional economies and reignite British manufacturing to create a skilled workforce and world leading exports".

The Times (subscription required) reports that "a four-mile bypass in the South Downs National Park could destroy more ancient woodland than a 40-mile intercity section of the HS2 railway". The newspaper says that "plans by Highways England to divert the A27 around Arundel in West Sussex could uproot 24 hectares of ancient forest, the Woodland Trust charity has warned. That is more than double the 10.5 hectares of forest that has been put at risk by a 40-mile section of the new high-speed railway between Lichfield and Crewe, in the West Midlands." The route through the woodland is one of three possible routes for the new Arundel bypass included in a public consultation.

The Times also reports that "officials involved in spending decisions for the scrapped Garden Bridge project could face legal action over alleged mismanagement of taxpayers’ money". The newspaper says that Greater London Assembly members "plan to call in lawyers to assess whether officials involved in spending decisions on the project, which was cancelled in August, should face charges of misconduct."

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