Europe Makes History With First Ever Comet Landing

Europe Makes History With First Ever Comet Landing The UK Space Agency and UK scientists involved in Europe’s Rosetta mission are celebrating as the mission’s Philae lander has today (12 November 2014) made the first ever landing on a comet, opening a new chapter in Solar System exploration.


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Rules regarding flats above shops to be relaxed, Eric Pickles announces

Developers will be able to create two flats instead of one above retail premises without planning permission Developers will be allowed to create two flats instead of just one above shops without planning permission, the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, will announce on Saturday. As the government prepares for a major new initiative on housing next […]


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New powers to breathe life into England’s cities

Ministers set to unveil ‘unprecedented’ devolution of power to England’s cities Ministers will announce an “un precedented” devolution of power from Whitehall next week in an attempt to usher in a renaissance in England’s major cities and reinvigorate the government’s localism agenda. Greg Clark, the minister for cities, is expected to reveal details of the […]


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Tory Minister, Labour Mayor: we fight together for Liverpool

Greg Clark and Joe Anderson cross party lines to write together for the Guardian Northerner, as they join the New Cities Summit in Paris Economic growth does not happen in the abstract – it happens in particular places where existing employers expand their production or new firms are attracted to locate for the first time. […]


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Planning: from builders’ charter to lawyers’ delight | Editorial

The final draft of the government’s revised planning framework is certainly an improvement on the version put out last summer “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty told Alice, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” So too with the government’s revised planning framework. The final draft published […]


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Planning reform revisions ease conservationists’ fears for countryside

Slimmed-down national planning policy framework met with far more support than last year’s draft version The biggest shakeup of the planning system for more than half a century was unveiled on Tuesday when the government published dramatically slimmed-down guidance in the hope of kickstarting more house-building and other development to create jobs. The reforms take […]


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Letters: Elected mayors and real localism

I am sorry that the Guardian continues to promote executive mayors with the black-is-white argument that they are about “dismantling centralism” and “empowering local communities” (Editorial, 27 February). It ought to be obvious that taking power from an assembly of ward councillors and putting it into the hands of one person does the opposite. The […]


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