Councils 'can still do little to control betting shops'

A claim that councils can 'still do little to fight back against betting shops' features in today's newspaper round-up.

Guardian columnist Dawn Foster says that in 2014 the government announced "that councils would get greater powers to refuse new bookies opening in their high street; but this did nothing to combat the existing clusters that had opened when the planning laws classified gambling shops in the same category as banks and estate agents". She says that "nowadays the Tories talk of localism and giving residents more say in planning decisions, yet councils such as Newham, and many others targeted by bookmakers, can still do little to fight back against betting shops."

The Guardian reports that "a 950-capacity pop-up open-air theatre modelled on Shakespeare’s Rose will rise next summer on a scruffy car park in York, to present a three-month season of Shakespeare plays". The paper says that "York planners have just given permission for the 13-sided theatre to be built on the open ground in the historic city centre, beside Clifford’s Tower."

An article in the Financial Times (subscription required) says that London’s Mayfair is "experiencing arguably its most significant spate of development in the past century". The newspaper says that one development - Clarges Mayfair — will see 11 homes come to the market following completion at the end of this year.

The Guardian’s architecture critic Oliver Wainwright reports from the Seoul architecture biennale. The piece quotes the city’s chief architect, Kim Young-Joon, saying that the event was "conceived as a way of discussing urban issues with the citizens of Seoul".


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