Location, Location, Location presenter 'leading opposition to 800-home scheme'

Reports that "celebrity property developer" Phil Spencer is "leading local objections to plans for 800 properties on a site that would also provide a school, shops and 500 jobs" feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Spencer, one of the presenters of Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location, is campaigning against the Northbrook Park scheme near his home in Hampshire, The Times (subscription) reports. The paper says that Spencer lives "in a £3.5 million pile … complete with ten acres, a tennis court, gym, cinema and games room."

An article in The Telegraph says that research by property firm Savills has said that "land with capacity for 680,000 homes" and "9.6 million square feet of office space, and 69 million square feet of warehouse space" needs to be identified to support the proposed Oxford-Cambridge arc. 

An article in The Times says that the number of vacant shops in Scotland "has risen sharply, in spite of more people venturing on to the high street." The paper says that latest research by the Scottish Retail Consortium and data firm Springboard found that the "vacancy rate in Scotland was 10.5 per cent in October, compared with 9.8 per cent when it was last reported in July."

An article in The Guardian says that "hundreds of homes and businesses in Cornwall have started selling electricity to their local energy network and the national energy system in a pioneering move." The paper says that "the trial is the first time that traditional energy users – such as homes, hotels and businesses – have acted as suppliers in a microcosm of a full energy system. The trial "harnessed together 100 Cornish homes, fitted with batteries and solar panels, to act as a mini virtual power plant for the local energy network", the paper adds.

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