Yorkshire housing factory 'to drive new era of prefab homes'

Reports that the UK is entering 'a new era of prefab homes with the opening of a Yorkshire factory that will build fully-fitted three-bedroom homes' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that "eight houses fitted with kitchens and bathrooms will roll off the production line every day in Knaresborough, to be loaded on to lorries for delivery across the country". According to the paper, experts have hailed the announcement as "a revolution in British housebuilding that would slash the 40 weeks it could take to build a traditional home to just ten days".

Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins says that proposals for a zip wire in the Lake District National Park that secured planning consent earlier this month are "nothing short of vandalism". He writes: "The owners argue that their attraction would bring 'younger people' to the Lakes. But youth should not confer privilege in planning decisions. Today’s thrill-seekers are tomorrow’s peace-seekers." Jenkins called for housing secretary James Brokenshire to call in the plans.

The Independent reports that councils "have been given government backing to strip dangerous Grenfell Tower-style cladding from private high-rise homes". The paper says that a ban "on using combustible cladding on new high-rise homes – as well as schools, care homes and student accommodation – will come into force on 21 December".

An article in the Financial Times (subscription) says that landowners fear "being liable for damage" caused by shale gas fracking. The piece quotes one landowner saying he is "desperately worried" about allowing fracking on his land "because of the residual liability for any environmental damage that emerges in an abandoned shale gas well in the years after licences to extract shale gas expire".

The Telegraph reports that a farmer "who built the first new long barrow tomb in the UK in more than 5,000 years has been told that he must pay thousands of pounds in business rates on it". The paper says that Tim Daw, the owner of a burial ground in Wiltshire used by Pagans, has been told by the Valuation Office Agency that he must pay between £4,500 to £5,000 a year in business rates for the facility, "where people pay to inter the ashes of their loved ones".

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