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Dewani ruling Husband accused of honeymoon murder to face South Africa trial
Gaddafi’s London connections Rebels who now run the Libyan embassy will reveal leader’s files
Dark past of Downton duchess Nothing on TV can match the real scandal at Highclere House
Rock revolutionaries Arcade Fire interviewed in Edinburgh Festival three-page report
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By Richard Gray and Patrick Hennessy COUNTRYSIDE campaigners fear that a shake-up of the planning laws will be used to drive through proposals to build 75,000 new homes on protected Green Belt land.
can’t have their cake and eat it. It’s gross hypocrisy for them to take thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ cash to assist with the Government’s planning reforms yet at the same time be shamelessly opportunistic and attack them.
Planning Policy Framework will change planning rules so that any applications that fit with “local development strategies” drawn up by councils will automatically be given consent.
Green Belt to be earmarked for development is in Bedfordshire. Countryside around Leighton Buzzard and Houghton Regis and north Luton are to make way for 13,500 new homes.
Research by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has revealed that swaths of land will be “re-designated” by local authorities to allow the development of more than 74,500 new houses.
The revelations come in the wake of a growing row between ministers and both the CPRE and the National Trust over the charities’ attacks on the Government’s proposed changes to planning regulations. The row has seen the CPRE accused of “gross hypocrisy” after receiving a £620,000 grant to support neighbourhood planning.
Jake Berry, the Conservative MP who is a ministerial aide to Grant Shapps, the Housing Minister, said: “The CPRE
“Their credibility is completely undermined and perhaps they should think about paying their government funding back.”
Among areas facing largescale housing developments on land previously protected are parts of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Durham and Nottinghamshire. Campaigners claim the new regulations will make it easier for developments to go ahead and could signal the start of a massive erosion of Green Belt.
Ministers insist the new regulations would offer greater protection to Green Belt land – although the official “impact assessment” of the proposals warns that they have the potential to make development on it easier. The Draft National
The new rules will also allow councils to approve development on Green Belt land if it has a “history of development”. Critics say it means that developers who submit plans for housing on Green Belt land that has been earmarked for development will be more likely to be granted permission.
The figures on the amount of Green Belt to be developed were compiled by the CPRE using “Local Development Core Strategy Frameworks” and planning applications put forward by developers.
Currently only half of the local authorities in England have published a core strategy, sparking fears that more Green Belt land could be lost as more of these plans are drawn up.
One of the largest areas of
In Merseyside, Green Belt land in Aintree, Crosby, Formby and Southport will be used to build 11,000 homes, while in south Cambridgeshire there are plans to allow 2,500 homes to be built.
Durham County Council has also said it intends to allow 3,550 homes to be built on Green Belt land.
Paul Miner, senior planning campaigner for the CPRE, said: “Green Belt land provides a huge opportunity for public access to the countryside, it gives a place for wildlife and is often good quality landscape.”
There are 1.6 million hectares of Green Belt in the UK. The figures compiled by the CPRE suggest at least 3,000 hectares will be developed under the plans published so far.
By Graeme Paton Education Editor STUDENTS are facing an unprecedented scramble for university places after almost a third of institutions declared themselves “full” a week before A-level results are published.
Research by The Telegraph indicates that the number of places being offered through clearing, the system used to match students with spare courses, has fallen.
Many universities, including most members of the elite Russell Group, said courses had already closed while others reported a sharp drop in the number of free places.
Students who narrowly fall short of predicted A-level grades could miss out on places altogether as universities toughen up on admissions to avoid overrecruiting. They face fines for each student recruited beyond strict limits imposed by the Government.
The demand for university courses is at record levels this year as students attempt to secure places before a sharp rise in tuition fees next year, when the cost of a degree will increase from £3,290 to as much as £9,000 a year.
According to figures, applications are up by almost 10,000 to more than 707,000 across Britain – on top of another record rise last year.
As many as a third of candidates will fail to get places.
The increase has coincided with a collapse in the number of students deferring places to take gap years from 47,000 last year to about 30,000 this year.
Mary Curnock Cook, the head of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, said: “At the time that most of these applications were being made, tuition fees were in the news.”
Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, which represents lecturers, said: “I fear that clearing will be the most frantic and stressful in living memory.”
Students throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive their A-level results on Thursday.
Clearing matches students who have not received any offers or fail to get the necessary grades to courses. Last year, 47,000 students obtained places through clearing.
Last week, The Telegraph obtained data from almost 70 universities. Of those, 31 per cent said they would not be entering clearing this year.
They include Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, the London School of Economics, Warwick, University College London and Edinburgh.
BBC’s Robinson dies, aged 83
ROBERT ROBINSON, the veteran BBC broadcaster, has died aged 83. His career spanned five decades, during which he presented numerous radio and television programmes, including Ask the Family, Call My Bluff and Radio 4’s Today programme.
He stood down as chairman of the Brain of Britain show last year.
His death, at St Mary’s Hospital, London, was announced last Saturday.
His daughter, Susie Robinson, said: “He had a very long, productive and successful life.”
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones JOHN SERGEANT’s paso doble charmed – or shocked – a nation. Then, after the former BBC political correspondent, the sight of Ann Widdecombe struggling to perform the Charleston made her a cult figure.
Now Edwina Currie, the former health minister, is set to follow in their footsteps by becoming the latest political figure to join the contestants on Strictly Come Dancing.
She will meet executives from the BBC show this week to finalise plans for her to join the line-up, which is due to be announced later this month.
Producers turned to her after failing in their attempts to persuade Lord Mandelson, the former business secretary, to don Cuban heels and satin for the programme. Mrs Currie, 64, said that she was a fan of the programme and first danced at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where The Beatles played their early gigs.
“I used to bop at the Cavern,” Mrs Currie said. “I enjoy tripping the light fantastic.”