Concreting the countryside : In the News

Four sites to become ‘eco towns’

  • Source: BBC News
  • Icon: Script 16th July 2009

The locations of four new "eco-towns" have been announced as part of scaled-down government plans. They are Rackheath, Norfolk; north west Bicester, Oxfordshire; Whitehill Bordon, East Hants; and the China Clay Community near St Austell, Cornwall.

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No 10 denies ‘housing cash row’

  • Source: BBC News
  • Icon: Script 30th June 2009

Downing Street has denied reports that there is no agreement over funding for Gordon Brown's plan to build an extra 20,000 affordable homes in two years.

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Eco-towns cannot go ahead without support of local community say townhalls

  • Source: The Daily Telegraph
  • Icon: Script 7th April 2009

Eco-towns could be illegal because of a failure to consult properly, according to legal advice given to town halls.

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Eco-towns plan undermined by official report

  • Source: Financial Times
  • Icon: Script 25th March 2009

Gordon Brown’s plans for a generation of 10 new “eco-towns” have been further undermined after their financial prospects were questioned for the first time by the government’s own advisers.

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Artificial trees and brightened clouds may help to cool us down

  • Source: The Times
  • Icon: Script 15th March 2009

Techniques for geo-engineering are coming under serious scrutiny as temperatures and CO2 emissions continue to rise

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House prices ‘could fall by further 55 per cent’

  • Source: The Daily Telegraph
  • Icon: Script 12th March 2009

House prices may fall by a further 55 percent and there is a "very real probability" that Britain will be bankrupted, a leading investment bank has warned in a private note to clients.

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Number of new homes ‘needs to more than double’ to meet population demand by 2031

  • Source: The Daily Telegraph
  • Icon: Script 11th March 2009

The number of new homes being built needs to more than double to meet population demand by 2031, official figures are likely to show today

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MPs criticise housing department

  • Source: BBC News
  • Icon: Script 4th March 2009

A major Whitehall department lacks the skills needed to put vital policies into operation, MPs have said.

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