Planning reform revisions ease conservationists’ fears for countryside

Slimmed-down national planning policy framework met with far more support than last year’s draft versionThe 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 effect immediately, […]
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Bank of England house prices paper is grim reading for first-time buyers

The outlook for first-time buyers is not going to get better any time soon, according to MPC member David MilesThe big story in the housing market during the Great Recession and its aftermath has been the absence of first-time buyers.That’s hardly surprising given that the days of 100% – and even in some cases 125% […]
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Sugar: it’s time to get real and regulate | Jacqueline Windh

The consumption of fructose and sucrose is on the increase – and so are preventable diseases such as Type 2 diabetesLast week, a trio of American scientists led by Robert Lustig, professor of clinical paediatrics at the University of California, published an article in the journal Nature, outlining the toxic effects that sugar has on […]
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Cannabis taxation: a win-win all round, Richard Branson tells MPs

Virgin boss appears before Commons committee to argue for regulation of drug and diversion of resources to crime-fightingThe market for cannabis in Britain should be regulated and taxed, and responsibility for drug policy moved from the Home Office to the health department, Sir Richard Branson has told MPs.The Virgin Group head said the 20% of […]
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