Gary Barlow 'seeks consent to demolish part of Grade II mansion'

Reports that pop singer Gary Barlow has submitted plans to demolish part of his Grade II-listed mansion "and build a garage to store his luxury cars" feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Daily Mail reports that Barlow’s plans would see part of the 18th century property, in the village of Alvescot, Oxfordshire, "torn down". West Oxfordshire District Council will consider the application.

There was "almost no progress" last year in cutting the number of areas that breach legal air quality levels, an article in The Times reports. The paper says that more than four in five urban areas across the UK "have illegal levels of air pollution despite government promises to tackle the problem".

The Times reports that "house prices fell last month as drops in London and the South East dragged the British property market into negative territory for the first time since May." The paper says that "monthly figures from Nationwide Building Society, one of the biggest mortgage lenders, showed that average prices fell by 0.2 per cent, from £216,096 in August to £215,352. Compared with last year, prices crept up by 0.2 per cent."

An article in the Financial Times (subscription) says that "the UK’s slowing housing market is adding to the pressures on the public finances, according to official figures showing that revenues from land and property stamp taxes fell last year for the first time in a decade". The paper says that statistics released by HM Revenues & Customs on Tuesday "showed that receipts from duty charged on residential and commercial property transactions fell by 7 per cent to £11.9bn in the year to April 5 2019 — the first year-on-year decline seen since the property slump following the global financial crisis."

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