Everton FC submits plans for new 52,000-seat stadium

Reports that Everton Football Club has submitted an application for its planned new stadium while "one of the world's first net zero carbon neighbourhoods" has been granted permission in Wales feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Liverpool Echo reports that Everton FC has submitted its planning application to Liverpool City Council for constructing a new 52,000-seat stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. Due to the "sheer scale of the application", the plans are expected to reach the committee stage only during "late spring or early summer 2020", the paper says.

The Guardian reports that Wales is set to have "one of the world’s first net zero carbon neighbourhoods" after plans for 35 new so-called "clean energy" homes were given the go-ahead by Neath Port Talbot Council. The paper reports that the £8 million project in south Wales is due to begin development this spring and its residents "will pay no energy bills because the development will use a mixture of renewable energy technologies to generate enough clean electricity to power its homes over the year".

The Guardian has also published a feature on the impact of "controversial" planning changes that allow developers to convert offices into housing under permitted development (PD) rules without full planning permission. It looks at what it describes as poor-quality housing created under PD rights in Liverpool and Croydon, which include flats with minimal or even no natural light due to a lack of windows. The paper quotes Hugh Ellis, head of policy at the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), as saying, "Dwellings of any kind without natural light should not be allowed under any circumstances."

The Times (subscription) reports that Bath is "planning to introduce a £100 charge next year for coaches to enter a clean air zone in the city centre". Coaches containing tourists have been criticised for causing pollution across the world heritage site and damaging its listed buildings, according to the article. The paper quotes Barry Gilbertson, chairman of the City of Bath UNESCO World Heritage Advisory Board, as saying: "In Bath these people leave no money, just pollution from their coach. This sounds harsh but it’s true and the current administration is very aware of this."

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