Building on green belt 'must be an option to tackle housing crisis'

An article by the Financial Times' editorial board which says that "building on the greenbelt must be an option" to tackle the housing crisis features in today's newspaper round-up.

The article (subscription required) says that "building in areas of high demand will be essential to fix the housing crisis". It adds: "Whoever forms the next government needs to make a credible commitment to new housing. That means explaining where exactly homes will be built and making sure infrastructure is in place. It means finding a way to overcome residents’ objections. Building on the greenbelt must be an option."

The Times (subscription) reports that fund manager M&G "has suspended trading in a property fund that manages more than £2.5 billion of assets after suffering a rush of redemptions and struggling to sell assets in a market plagued by Brexit uncertainty". The paper says the firm said there had been "unusually high and sustained outflows" from the M&G Property Portfolio Fund, which is held by "tens of thousands of small investors," because of "Brexit-related political uncertainty and ongoing structural shifts in the UK retail sector".

Writing in The Guardian, Green Party leader Caroline Lucas says that a report commissioned by the party has found that the "best wildlife areas are old industrial brownfield sites". She says the report suggests giving them "pop-up" status as sites of special scientific interest, "and incentivising developers to leave derelict land for wildlife for 10-year periods".

The Telegraph reports that "living in the UK's most polluted cities and towns increases the risk of an early death by the equivalent of smoking three cigarettes a week, a charity has warned." The paper says that the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said air pollution must be declared "a public health emergency".


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