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Switch to electric vehicles will not be enough to give us clean air | Letters

Switch to electric vehicles will not be enough to give us clean air | Letters

Readers respond to Britain’s latest clean air plan and the ban on all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040So, the government is committed to banning all diesel and petrol cars by 2040
With political will, we could easily solve our transport problems | Letters

With political will, we could easily solve our transport problems | Letters

Readers share their thoughts on electricity generation, cars, cycling, trains and garden citiesGeorge Monbiot makes some useful points in his article bemoaning the influence of the lobbying power of
Finding solutions to the UK’s housing crisis | Letters

Finding solutions to the UK’s housing crisis | Letters

Readers respond to Britain’s chronic shortage of affordable housing with solutions of their ownLarry Elliott suggests five steps to fix the housing market (Britain’s broken housing market – and how to
Find a better site for Holocaust memorial in London | Letters

Find a better site for Holocaust memorial in London | Letters

Plans for a Holocaust memorial close to the Thames in central London are criticised by Patricia Hollis, Michael Daley and Quetta Kaye and Alice Roberts, while Michael Madden suggests a simpler form of
Philip Hammond dismisses NHS chief's call for £4bn emergency cash injection

Philip Hammond dismisses NHS chief's call for £4bn emergency cash injection

The chancellor told the BBC that heads of public services always predict ‘Armageddon’ in the run-up to a budgetPhilip Hammond has dismissed calls from the head of the NHS for an emergency cash
How to end speculation and squalor in housing | Letters

How to end speculation and squalor in housing | Letters

Readers suggest boosting provincial centres, controlling rents, greater regulation of landlords, and minimum incomesAnn Pettifor (Journal, 27 January) identifies several important strategies for
'Utter greed': Bolton Ryder Cup plan runs into local opposition

'Utter greed': Bolton Ryder Cup plan runs into local opposition

Residents and conservationists criticise £240m hotel and homes scheme, which rests on hosting 2026 golf tournamentAmbitious plans to bring golf’s Ryder Cup to Bolton have swung off course after 10,000
Skyscrapers wreck cities – yet still Britain builds them | Simon Jenkins

Skyscrapers wreck cities – yet still Britain builds them | Simon Jenkins

Around 500 towers are proposed for London. They’re not just ugly: they symbolise Britain’s greedy pandering to developersI love towers and hate towers. I love those of Siena and San Gimignano and the
If we value rural Britain, we can’t build houses all over it | Simon Jenkins

If we value rural Britain, we can’t build houses all over it | Simon Jenkins

The countryside should not be up for speculative land grab – we need clear rules about which areas are open for developmentGovernment housing policy has lost all contact with planning Britain’s
Call to stop UK landowners making huge profits from speculation

Call to stop UK landowners making huge profits from speculation

Thinktank identifies issue as the driving force behind the UK’s broken housing marketBritain should limit the windfall gains of landowners by freezing the value of plots newly designated for housing,
The housing crisis will not be solved by curbing speculation alone | Anne Perkins

The housing crisis will not be solved by curbing speculation alone | Anne Perkins

The IPPR’s call to freeze land prices is right – but it will take more than a tweak of land supply mechanics to fix the messThe increase in the value of land that has, or just might get, consent for
Britain’s housing crisis: slow progress and a radical quick fix | Letters

Britain’s housing crisis: slow progress and a radical quick fix | Letters

Radhika Bynon, Sheron Carter et al, Stephen Battersby, Joe Burlington, Austen Lynch and Rebecca Reynolds offer their solutionsThe University of York’s analysis on the state of the UK private rented
Second battle of Culloden rages as locals clash with developers

Second battle of Culloden rages as locals clash with developers

The site where Jacobite forces made their last stand is now threatened by house buildersFor nearly three centuries the bones of Highland soldiers who fell defending their land, language and faith have
Sharing rather than building is the answer to housing shortage | Letters

Sharing rather than building is the answer to housing shortage | Letters

How we live can help, says Andrea Jones, and Judith Martin says pocket homes are not the solutionRegarding Radhika Bynon’s letter (14 September) about housing innovation and scaling up solutions to
A £24,000 penalty for failing to submit one piece of paper to the council

A £24,000 penalty for failing to submit one piece of paper to the council

Botched legislation over a ‘commencement notice’ means owners face losing their homeWhen Mark Walker’s stepfather had a heart attack, it was clear he could no longer live alone. Walker therefore got
Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the 'pencil towers' of New York's super-rich

Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the 'pencil towers' of New York's super-rich

An extreme concentration of wealth in a city where even the air is for sale has produced a new breed of needle-like tower. By Oliver WainwrightIt is rare in the history of architecture for a new type
Will these be the worst new ‘rabbit hutch’ flats in Britain?

Will these be the worst new ‘rabbit hutch’ flats in Britain?

A developer plans to squeeze 26 flats into this building, some smaller than a budget hotel roomTwenty-six studio flats measuring as little as 18 sq metres – that’s just under 14ft by 14ft for
The ‘absurd’ planning loophole that could end up blighting your home

The ‘absurd’ planning loophole that could end up blighting your home

New permitted-development rules designed to cut down on red tape are being exploited, causing misery for homeownersIt was by accident that Damien Flannagan discovered the new neighbour who had bought
Horror on the Hudson: New York's $25bn architectural fiasco

Horror on the Hudson: New York's $25bn architectural fiasco

It is a billionaires’ playground where haircuts cost $800 and high-rise duplexes go for $32m. So why do the angular towers of Hudson Yards look so cheap?‘One thing that’s always been true in New
On Loch Lomond’s banks, anger grows at £30m resort plan

On Loch Lomond’s banks, anger grows at £30m resort plan

Locals and naturalists oppose a proposed hotel development on ‘beautiful and historic’ wooded national park landA storm is brewing on the banks of Loch Lomond. One of Scotland’s most serene beauty