No government call in for 'UK's first deep coal mine in over 30 years'

A report that work on the UK's "first deep coal mine for more than 30 years" is to begin after the government said it would not block a council's consent for the scheme features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has said that it will not call in a planning application for the scheme which is proposed for a site near Whitehaven. The mine has already been approved by Cumbria County Council.

The Times (subscription) reports that the expansion of Heathrow airport "could be ditched by Labour because climate change is the party’s ‘No 1 priority’", the shadow chancellor has suggested. The paper says that John McDonnell said Heathrow "clearly doesn’t qualify" for a third runway under tests that the party has set, including meeting carbon reduction targets and minimising noise.

The FT reports that a decision on the future of the UK’s High Speed Two railway line "has been left until after the election, according to the deputy chairman of the official review into the project". The paper says that "Tony Berkeley, a member of the panel commissioned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to review the scheme, said the body’s final report would be "locked into the Department for Transport’s vaults for the new [transport secretary] to publish".

An article in the FT says that Britain’s small builders are struggling due to Brexit uncertainty. The piece says that "after riding a recent construction boom, small builders face a brutal reversal". Consumers are trimming budgets and stopping spending "on big-ticket items such as loft conversions and home extensions", it adds.

An article in The Guardian says that "local authorities have moved hundreds of homeless families into temporary accommodation on council estates that are planned for demolition". The article says: "Across London, local authorities have moved hundreds of homeless families on to council estates that are planned for demolition, where they live in limbo in deteriorating conditions."

Mothercare, "the struggling retailer of baby products, is set to appoint administrators to its UK business putting over 2,000 jobs at risk," The Financial Times reports. The paper says that the company "said in a statement that it had filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators to Mothercare UK and Mothercare Business Services."


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