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In the papers - Tuesday, 15 April 2008

The number of national infrastructure projects that will be fast-tracked through the planning system is a cause for concern, says the chairman of the Local Government Association...

...The planning bill, which will pass through the Lords this year, allows big projects to be waved through if they are approved by a new infrastructure planning commission - The Financial Times

Hundreds of primary schools have been sold off to housing developers in the past 10 years as local councils cash in on rising land prices. Up to 300 schools have been effectively "lost forever" under Labour - with almost 200 more expected to be sold in the coming years - The Daily Telegraph

Passengers are being refused insurance for lost luggage if they travel through Heathrow's troubled Terminal 5. Travellers are being warned that they use the £4.3billion terminal at their own risk and the move by several major insurers will hit thousands of passengers who buy single-trip policies just before departure - The DailyTelegraph

House prices are experiencing their most widespread decline since records began because of the fallout from the credit crisis, a report released today shows. Almost four out of five chartered surveyors saw a fall in values in March, research by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has found - The Daily Telegraph

Faster journey times, improved punctuality and the relocation to St Pancras International station have provided a bigger-than-expected boost to the number of passengers travelling to Eurostar. The operator of the rail services through the Channel Tunnel said passenger numbers increased by 21.3pc to 2.17m in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period in 2007, with ticket revenues up 25.2pc to just over £178m - The Daily Telegraph

China yesterday unveiled plans to improve its capital's heavily polluted air in time for the Olympics, including halting construction and heavy industry. Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau laid out a range of tough measures to cut back pollution, such as closing numerous petrol stations and even banning spray-painting – The Guardian

Willie Walsh, British Airways chief executive, said yesterday it could take until the autumn for the airline to complete the transfer of its long-haul services from Terminal 4 to Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport. It was possible the transfer of about 120 long-haul flights to T5 would not be finished until October, he told a meeting of foreign correspondents in London, much later than indicated last week - The Financial Times

A retired engineer nicknamed "Moleman", because of his fondness for burrowing tunnels under his home, has been ordered to pay almost £300,000 to the local council after his hobby nearly caused his house to collapse. William Lyttle, 77, spent 40 years excavating a maze of tunnels beneath his 20-room Victorian property in Hackney, East London, before the council intervened - The Times

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