Tories 'expected to cast aside opposition to onshore wind'

Reports that an energy firm expects the Conservative Party's block on onshore generation "to be cast aside in the next parliament" feature in today's newspaper round-up.

An article in The Guardian says that energy firm ScottishPower has begun plans for "a major expansion" of onshore windfarm projects" in anticipation of a government U-turn on support for wind power projects". The paper says the firm expects the move "due to the growing need for cheap, clean energy to power the UK towards its climate goals".

The Times (subscription) columnist Libby Purves says that "housing, long mishandled, is a national cancer demanding hard surgery". She writes: "Houses are not bank vaults, flats are not wallets. As for second homes, if you can afford one you’re not on the skids, so pay up. Your local authority needs it. We need house prices to stabilise, a social housing boom and better security for all tenants. If that scares off amateur landlords, who cares? Let councils buy their ‘assets’, cheap."

An article in The Times says that "the proportion of homes bought without a mortgage is the lowest since records began in 2007, as fewer equity-rich owners downsize and fewer cash-rich landlords invest in property." The paper says that, "in the first six months of the year, 28 per cent of homes were bought with cash, down from a peak of 36 per cent in 2009, according to Hamptons International."

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that "living within 50 metres of a major road could increase the risk of lung cancer by up to 10 per cent, according to a report backed by a group of health professionals calling for tough new air pollution laws in the UK". The paper says that "long-term exposure to roadside air pollution can cause a host of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including cardiac arrest, strokes, lung cancer and bronchitis, and stunt the growth of children’s lungs, analysis by King’s College London found".

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