Sky unveils plans for new north London studio complex

Reports that broadcaster Sky "has unveiled plans to build a Hollywood-style film studio in north London" feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that the 13-hectare studio complex "will be built in Elstree, just down the road from Elstree Studios where rival Netflix shoots flagship series The Crown, and will open in early 2022, subject to planning permission". The firm has said a planning application is due to be submitted early in the new year.

The Daily Mail reports that a father "has to tear down the £3,000 playhouse he built for his children after a 'farcical' 14-month planning battle" with Tewkesbury Borough Council in Gloucestershire. The paper says that Francis Peters "built the 11.5 ft tall by 16 ft wide structure in the garden of his ex-wife's home in Maisemore, Gloucestershire, in September 2018. But after several objections from neighbours, Mr Peters' retrospective planning application has been rejected, and he has been told to take the playhouse down."

An article in The Times (subscription) says a "green energy entrepreneur who wants to build tidal lagoons off Wales is asking investors for £1.2 million to keep the project alive". The paper says that "Mark Shorrock gained planning consent for the first proposed lagoon, in Swansea Bay, in 2015 but failed to persuade the government to offer crucial subsidies for the £1.3 billion project". It adds that "planning permission for the Swansea project is due to lapse in June unless material works have begun".

The Financial Times (subscription) reports that "new orders in the UK construction sector dropped further in November as political uncertainty put civil engineering and commercial building projects on hold, keeping overall activity in the industry firmly in contraction". The paper says the "IHS Markit/CIPS UK purchasing managers’ sub-index for construction new orders fell to 43.95 in November, from 44.61 the previous month. This was the eighth consecutive month of contraction and the longest phase of decline since 2013."

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