UK population projections revised downwards

Reports that the UK population is projected to be two million lower in 25 years' time than previously estimated feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Times (subscription) reports that "official projections published yesterday show a slowing in the population growth rate". The paper says that the "overall population is projected to increase by 3.6 million to reach 70 million by mid-2026 — 600,000 below the previous Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimate in 2015". It adds: "By 2041, the ONS projects that the population will reach almost 73 million, two million below the figures released two years ago."

The Evening Standard reports that London City Airport has unveiled artists' impressions of a planned £400 million redevelopment. The paper says that the "privately funded project includes extending the terminal to accommodate more passengers, building seven new aircraft stands and creating a parallel taxiway to boost runway capacity". The government approved the expansion plans last year. 

The Evening Standard reports that "tycoon Peter Cruddas has angered neighbours with plans to build a roof terrace at his £42 million Mayfair mansion". The paper says that the former Tory party co-treasurer and his wife Fiona have embarked on a renovation of their seven-storey Victorian townhouse near Park Lane, but some neighbours fear the plans for a roof terrace would cause "noise and light disturbance". They have written to Westminster City Council calling for the scheme, which includes a seating area, to be rejected, the paper says.

Telegraph columnist Laura Freeman says that post-war new towns such as Stevenage, which has just had its town centre added to Historic England’s heritage at risk register, are "inhuman architecture". Freeman says she would like to see a "shower of meteorites to blast them to the ground".

The Guardian reports that "coastal cities around the world could be devastated by 1.3 metres of sea level rise this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a new paper that combines the latest understanding of Antarctica’s contribution to sea level rise and the latest emissions projection scenarios".

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