'Record numbers' object to Trump golf course housing plans

Reports that 'a record number of people' have objected to plans by the Trump Organization to build a new housing estate near the US president's golf course in Scotland feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that "more than 3,000 people have submitted formal objections to the plans, with another 19,000 people signing an online petition protesting against the scheme to build 550 private homes and golfers’ chalets on farmland beside the course", which is near Aberdeen. The paper says that "officials in Aberdeenshire council are now sifting through 3,026 letters of objection sent by the 38 Degrees campaign website before the public consultation period ended last week".

The Times (subscription) reports that "a sedate and historic Surrey village is preparing for battle with some of Hollywood’s biggest players, who have backed £500 million plans to quadruple the size of Shepperton Studios by building on the green belt". The paper says that "dozens of residents" have lodged objections to Spelthorne Borough Council over the studio owners' application to expand the facilitiy, "citing concerns about traffic, noise, pollution and loss of countryside". 

The Guardian’s architecture critic Oliver Wainwright says that women in architecture "are tired of being written out of history". The piece says that "a survey found that women occupy only 10 per cent of the highest-ranking jobs at the world’s leading architecture firms".

The Times reports that "Crest Nicholson, the housebuilder focused on the south of England, has announced that profits will be lower than expected this year as a result of difficult market conditions". The paper says that, "in an unscheduled update the company said that it now expected pre-tax profits for the year to the end of October to be in the range of £170 million to £190 million. The market had been expecting £204 million."

The Guardian reports on controversial plans for an opencast mine "near Africa’s first nature reserve". The paper says that "across South Africa, and across the continent, there are similar confrontations as officials come under pressure to ensure economic growth – even at the cost of the environment".


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