Queen 'could be forced to rip up Windsor renovation works over lack of planning consent'

Reports that the Queen "could be forced to rip up renovation works at Windsor Castle after the royal household's staff failed to seek planning consent" feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Express reports that the "Queen’s royal household has started renovation works at Windsor Castle, restoring part of the 14th-century Hundred Steps. But, while it obtained listed building consent, the household failed to seek planning consent, also needed to carry out any work on buildings of historical or architectural interest." It adds that "staff at the royal household were forced to apply for retrospective permission - but if it isn’t granted the household will not be given the go-ahead."

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that "Bristol has become the first British city to approve a total ban on diesel cars as part of an effort to drastically improve air quality." The paper says the ban, "which is due to come into effect in March 2021, would see all privately owned diesel cars banned from the centre of the city between 7am and 3pm".

An article in The Times (subscription) says a row has broken out over the use of a "private road between multimillion-pound properties in South Kensington". It says that two neighbours are "each engaged in expensive development projects, who both claim a right to use it to load building materials on to vehicles."

Writing in The Times, Adam McGibbon, a senior campaigner at the NGO Global Witness, says the government’s fracking moratorium is "a hollow, hypocritical gesture". He says that the government "is in line to provide up to £1 billion in guarantees to support fracking in Argentina via UK Export Finance (UKEF), an agency attached to the Department for International Trade. UKEF gives 97 per cent of all its energy support to fossil fuels, and only tiny amounts to clean energy."

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