North of England land values rising as developers shift operations

Reports that housebuilders 'are increasingly moving operations into the North of England, pushing up residential land values ahead of house price growth' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Telegraph reports that, according to research by property firm Savills, "many major housebuilders - including Barratt, Persimmon, Crest Nicholson and Miller - are opening or planning to set up new divisions in the North of England". The newspaper says that this is "to take advantage of rocketing house prices in areas such as the East Midlands and around Manchester and Birmingham. As a result, urban land values outside London rose 0.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2017, taking annual growth to 4.7 per cent."

The Guardian reports that "environmental campaigners are set to take the government back to court over what they say are ministers’ repeated failings to deal with the UK’s air pollution crisis". The newspaper says that "ClientEarth, which has already won two court battles against the government, has written a legal letter demanding that the environment secretary Michael Gove sets out a range of new measures to address air pollution which contributes to the deaths of 40,000 people across the UK each year". It says that, "if the government fails to comply with this ‘letter before action’, as it is known, ClientEarth will issue new proceedings and ministers are likely to face a third judicial review."

The Evening Standard reports that "the owner of the Kensington striped house at the centre of a long-running row has again angered neighbours by submitting new plans for a basement". The newspaper says that "Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring last month won her battle to demolish her £4.75 million property and build a new one in its place". But it adds that "fresh plans for a single-storey basement including gym, cinema room and art gallery as part of the new property have sparked a new backlash".

The Times (subscription) reports that the massive expansion in offshore wind turbines in the North Sea has "created the perfect habitat for mussels — so much so that a scientific paper has estimated that the structures could soon hold a mussel population equivalent to 20 per cent of the entire coastal stock". The newspaper says that research has suggested that by harvesting the mussels, "wind farm operators could offset 10 per cent of their costs."


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