Planning stats

EUR160m: The amount of cash that the European Commission is considering giving the UK to help recovery from major floods this summer.

This is around £111 million.

250,000ha: The area of open countryside managed by the National Trust.

1,000: The number of new homes that could be delivered by each local housing company, the government estimated as it published guidance on how to set up these council and private sector partnerships.

50db: The level of noise at which people's annoyance becomes "significant", says a government report on aviation. The Department for Transport claims that aircraft noise only starts to annoy at 57 decibels.

40%: The proportion of transport planners over the age of 50, according to sector skills council GoSkills. Between 600 and 900 new transport planners are needed each year to replace those who leave or retire, but only around 100 transport planners graduate annually.

5: The number of days until the opening of the revamped London St Pancras railway station, including the start of Eurostar services.

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