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In the papers today - Friday 7th September

Leading environmental groups are set to withdraw from an official consultation on the building of a new generation of nuclear power stations, complaining that the government is distorting the evidence. The groups, which were to provide evidence for the debate, claim that the government is conducting a “public relations stitch-up designed to deliver a preordained policy on new nuclear power” – The Times

Britain’s first carbon-neutral village will be built on a former state-owned site being auctioned by the government. English Partnerships, the land quango, has drawn up a shortlist of five housebuilders to bid for the site, on the outskirts ofBristol, where the government wants a new generation of energy-efficient housing built – The Times

Contractor Galliford Try yesterday warned that theUKhousing market has become more challenging and competitive as builders increase promotions following a series of interest rate hikes. The company, which builds “affordable homes”, posted a 63% rise in pre-tax profit and said the construction market remained buoyant – The Independent

The government will face fresh accusations that it mishandled theLondonOlympic budget next week when a Channel 4 programme broadcasts allegations about the budget and tendering process. Dispatches is understood to have obtained copies of a memo written in November 2005 to the Olympics minister Tessa Jowell, then secretary of state for culture, that warned the existing Olympic budget was unrealistic – The Guardian

Britain’s most troubled rail route has undergone a management shake-up that has seen significant changes at the companies responsible for railway services and for track maintenance on the Great Western line. First Great Western and Network Rail confirmed yesterday that they had both installed new executives to oversee operations on the line – The Guardian

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