Labour 'to back away' from zero carbon commitment

Reports of a U-turn by the Labour party on its conference vote to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030 features in today's newspaper round-up

The Labour Party looks set to 'back away from' a conference vote for the UK to produce net zero carbon emissions by 2030 in its manifesto, The Times (subscription only) reports. The paper said that Barry Gardiner, shadow international trade secretary, appeared to confirm that the policy adopted at party conference  in September had been dropped. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that cutting carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 is "the global target we need to achieve".

The UK’s is unprepared for more floods on the scale of those seen in Yorkshire last week, according to the Financial Times (subscription only). The paper said that experts warned that the country is running out of time to make the sweeping changes needed to protect against floods. Hugh Ellis, policy director at campaign group the Town and Country Planning Association, told the paper: "It is not that we are short of evidence, what we are short of is political will."

The Observer’s architectural critic has thrown his support behind Plymouth City Council’s decision earlier this year to designate its city centre as a conservation area. Rowan Moore said Plymouth is "a place where landscape and the composition of the whole count for as much as the design of individual buildings, which are exactly the qualities that a conservation area should protect". He said the designation would mean "more love and care" are devoted to the spaces between buildings.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has approved a scheme for five market houses, four affordable houses and a stone barn conversion, according to the Craven Herald & Pioneer. The paper said that the move was a "rare step" aimed at halting the exodus of young people from the area. The scheme, next to the Settle to Carlisle Railway Conservation Area, would include four shared ownership affordable homes, with the freeholds held by Craven District Council.

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