Renewable energy applications 'hit four-year high in 2019'

A report that applications for new renewable energy projects reached a four year high last year features in today's newspaper round-up.

The number of new renewable energy projects applying for planning permission reached a four-year high in the UK in 2019, reports The Guardian. The paper reports that there were 269 planning applications for new wind, solar and bioenergy projects last year, up from 204 the year before, and 75 per cent higher than the number of applications made three years ago.

The majority of whole property short-term lets advertised in Edinburgh may be operating without planning consent, according to early results from a new data tool, reports The Guardian. The tool was launched by the Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman in January, the paper says, and allows people to report properties in their local area that are operating as commercial lets. It reports that, of the 359 commercial short-term lets recorded so far, only one has planning consent.

An architect was struck off by the Architects Registration Board for writing damaging fake web reviews on his ex-partners' businesses, reports The Daily Telegraph. The architect used a string of pseudonyms to post fictitious one-star write-ups on Google, the paper says.

The city of Utrecht is constructing what the The Guardian describes as the Netherlands' first high-density, car-free residential district for more than 12,000 people. The 24-hectare site is a business park, the paper says, but by 2024 it is hoped the area will enhance Utrecht's reputation as a bicycling capital of Europe.

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