Diary

Prospective buyers of a house in Kent may be surprised to find one or two points of local interest going unmentioned in the agents' particulars.

The three-bedroom bungalow on Romney Marsh is on the market at £247,000. But looming over the property are the Dungeness A and B nuclear power plants. Estate agent Geering & Colyer declined to comment on its advert, which describes the property as an "exceptional fisherman's cottage".

New Romney Town Council says it would be "disingenuous" not to mention its imposing neighbours. "Once you arrive, you cannot help but notice the power stations," says council clerk Valerie Tully. Dungeness A, which started generating electricity in 1965, was decommissioned in 2006, but Dungeness B will stay open until 2018.

Planning and sustainability consultants from WYG joined 2,000 walkers on the streets of London recently for a charity hike to raise money for Maggie's cancer care centres.

Debra Bailey, Andy Bruce, Stephen Birrell, Hannah Blunstone and Cathy Wallace took part in the 32km late-night walk, passing sights including Battersea Power Station, Fulham Palace and City Hall. Funds raised will pay the London centre running costs for a year.

Wallace says: "We were delighted to play a part in supporting the great work that the centres do."

One Labour MP unwittingly caught Diary's ear as dapper energy and climate change secretary Ed Miliband took to the conference stage in Brighton.

Even before he began speaking in his refined tones, a London member remarked: "Oh look, there's Bertie Wooster." PG Wodehouse fans will remember that the Eton-educated Wooster was variously described as "mentally negligible" and a "member of the idle rich".

Miliband successfully avoided phrases such as "What ho!", "pipped" and "bally" in his speech. But Diary suspects that Labour will need more than one of Jeeves's pick-me-ups to push itself to victory at the polls next year.

Ex-prime minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie Booth are at loggerheads with neighbours over plans to add guest accommodation to their grade I listed home in Buckinghamshire.

The couple want to extend a gardener's cottage at South Pavilion in Wotton Underwood into a two-bedroom, two-bathroom house. But neighbours have filed objections to plans submitted to Aylesbury Vale District Council, claiming that the proposal is overdevelopment. A decision is expected later this month.

George Harrison's widow Olivia has won a planning battle to maintain a barrier around her mansion in Henley-on-Thames.

The wrangle dates back to 1999, when the ex-Beatle was stabbed in his home. South Oxfordshire District Council planners allowed an application to build a fence topped with razor wire around the property.

The new fence has now been approved despite protests from neighbours. They include Likely Lads actor Rodney Bewes, who claims that the wire has injured his cat Maurice. Diary understands there is no truth in suggestions that the council granted approval on the grounds that "all things must pass".


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