Housing registrations across Britain 'have reached highest level in more than a decade'

A report that new home registrations in Britain 'have reached their highest level in more than a decade, boosted by a number of large developments in London' features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that, according to industry body the National House Building Council (NHBC), "43,578 new homes were registered between July and September, up 15 per cent from the same period a year earlier. It is the highest total since the third quarter of 2007, when 49,520 new homes were registered just before the start of the global financial crisis."

The Guardian reports that "affordable housing residents in a new enclave of 3,400 homes are being prevented from using a luxury swimming pool and gymnasium, which are being kept for the exclusive use of private owners and renters". The paper says that "residents paying taxpayer-subsidised rents at Royal Wharf in the London borough of Newham have complained they are victims of segregation because they will not have access to a state-of-the-art clubhouse that neighbours who own or rent privately will enjoy".

Preston in Lancashire has been named as "the most rapidly improving urban area in the UK to live and work", The Guardian reports. The paper says that "research carried out by the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and the think-tank Demos, which used a range of measures including employment, workers’ pay, house prices, transport, the environment, work-life-balance and inequality to rank 42 UK cities, found that Preston had improved the most in its 2018 Good Growth for Cities index."

The Times (subscription) reports that the government "has rejected an energy company’s request to relax rules on earthquakes caused by fracking despite claims that the limits could prevent it testing Britain’s shale gas potential". The paper says that fracking firm "Cuadrilla has caused nearly 30 tremors since it resumed fracking at Preston New Road in Lancashire last month, the strongest of which measured 1.1 magnitude on Monday". Under regulatory rules, the company "has to cease fracking for 18 hours after a tremor of more than 0.5", the paper says.

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that Channel Four is to "move its headquarters to Leeds and create new commissioning centres in Bristol and Glasgow as the UK’s broadcasting industry continues to migrate out of London".

The Guardian reports that "vital roads, bridges, rail lines and hospitals in the Glasgow area are at significant risk of being damaged or closed by climate change, a major study has found". The paper says that the study, "thought to be the most in-depth carried out for any city region in the UK, said that by 2050 the area will be hit by far more powerful storms, by regular heatwaves and by heavy winter flooding, affecting up to 1.8 million people".

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