'Fears grow' Lake District is 'being eyed' for nuclear waste plan

Reports that the National Trust and 18 other conservation groups have urged ministers to rule out burying nuclear waste below national parks 'as fears grow that the Lake District is being eyed as a potential site' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that, "in January, the government restarted its attempt to find a community willing to host such a facility after a previous search collapsed five years ago". The paper says that, in an open letter to the nuclear energy minister Richard Harrington, the groups, which include the Woodland Trust and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said Harrington risked undermining "long-established protections" afforded to national parks.

The Guardian also reports that "an eclectic group of activists including scientists, surfers and a member of the Welsh band Super Furry Animals is attempting to halt the dumping of ‘nuclear mud’ excavated as part of the vast Hinkley Point C construction project". The paper says that the activists "are appearing in court in Cardiff on Tuesday to try to obtain an injunction to stop 300,000 tonnes of sediment from the power station site in Somerset being disposed of a mile and half from the Welsh capital". 

The Times (subscription) reports that "demand for office space under development in central London has reached a ten-year high". The paper says that "Savills, the property consultancy, said that so far this year central London had already produced the greatest number of office pre-lets, where space is leased before a building is constructed, than in any year in the past decade".

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that "UK housebuilders Berkeley, Barratt and Taylor Wimpey were among the top ten fallers on the FTSE 100 on Monday morning, after prime minister Theresa May announced plans to impose a new tax on foreign buyers of properties in Britain". The paper says that, "speaking at the Conservative Party conference on Sunday, Mrs May announced plans for buyers of UK property who do not pay tax in Britain to be subject to a new stamp duty surcharge of up to 3 per cent, with the proceeds going towards a scheme for tackling rough sleeping".

The Times reports that the main opposition party in the Republic of Ireland, Fianna Fáil, is investigating "how compulsory purchase reforms could be used to ramp up the number of houses being built by local authorities". The paper says that the move could see councils "given the power to acquire land at 25 per cent above its agricultural value for housing".

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