Man takes 'bizarre planning dispute to UN'

Reports that a man 'embroiled in a bizarre planning dispute has vowed to take his case to the United Nations (UN)' feature in today's media round-up.

The Independent reports that "Steve Ogier declared himself the monarch of Everland, the name he has given to the 150ft by 50ft plot on which he wants to build a family home". But it says that "Guernsey’s government rejected his planning permission bid for a one-storey eco-home, prompting the 46-year-old to take the dispute to the channel island’s Royal Court". This case was rejected, the paper says, but Ogier now claims to have "sent an email the UN" claiming his land is an independent country. The paper quotes a Guernsey government spokesman saying: "The land in question forms within the jurisdiction of the states of Guernsey. A mere declaration does not change that."

The BBC reports that an analysis of the latest figures from the government's Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that UK high streets "have the highest concentration of fast food outlets in almost a decade". The paper says that "despite town halls attempting to limit their spread, in most areas the number of takeaways per 100,000 people was at its highest since 2010".

The Guardian reports that the "shattered slate quarry landscape of north-west Wales is to be nominated for world heritage status". The paper says that the UK government "can put forward one site per calendar year to be considered for Unesco world heritage site status and on Tuesday the heritage minister Michael Ellis announced that it would be Gwynedd’s slate landscape".

Writing in London's Evening Standard, councillor Richard Beddoe, Westminster City Council's cabinet member for place shaping and planning, says the local authority’s plans for Oxford Street will "reinvigorate" the "iconic route". Beddoe writes: "We’re proposing a major new public piazza at Oxford Circus and want to put pedestrians first by massively increasing walking space, while retaining two-way traffic along the rest of Oxford Street." In June, the council decided not to progress long-mooted plans to pedestrianise the street.

The Independent also reports that a south London non-league football club will be allowed back into its ground after an apparent resolution to a long-running planning dispute. The paper says that talks at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport on Monday finally "brought an end to the long-running planning dispute that has threatened the survival" of Dulwich Hamlet.


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