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In the papers - Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Plans for Britain's biggest land-based wind farm were rejected by the Scottish government yesterday in a landmark decision with wide implications for the future development of renewable energy in Britain...

...The 181-turbine development on the Hebridean island of Lewis was vetoed by Scottish ministers because it was at odds with tough protection for wildlife sites afforded by European law - The Independent

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee condemned the £5bn rise in the Olympics bill, accusing ministers of succumbing to "wishful thinking" over their "entirely unrealistic" original estimates. Its report on the Games financial plans also indicated that the MPs expected that the new budget of £9.3bn would be exceeded - The Independent

BAA is planning a cull of senior managers to give the company's senior executives more control over Heathrow as it attempts to reverse the airport's crumbling infrastructure and reputation for poor service. The airport operator, which owns Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, announced a management shake-up yesterday that will see the head of Heathrow promoted to BAA's executive committee – The Times

Ask Michael Snyder what his main achievement has been in five years as chairman of the policy resources committee of the City of London and you might reasonably expect him to cite Crossrail. He is the man who hammered through a £150M levey on London businesses and a £200M contribution from the City Corporation's own coffers that broke the deadline last autumn over this essential transport project, "the only real improvement", he says "that can make a step change in London in our lifetimes" – The Times

Plans to build one of Europe's largest onshore wind farms in the Outer Hebrides have been formally rejected after Scottish ministers ruled the £500m scheme would devastate a globally significant peatland. The Scottish energy minister, Jim Mather, said yesterday that the 181-turbine project, which would have dominated the moors of northern Lewis , would have had "significant adverse impacts" on rare and endangered birds living on the peatlands, a breach of European habitats legislation - The Guardian

E.ON, one of Britain's big six energy suppliers, is teaming up with the University of Nottingham to build a replica 1930s house that will be used to test technologies aimed at improving the energy performance of Britain's ageing housing stock. The three-bedroomed semi detached house on the university's "Green Close" will replicate what the partners describe as "many of the ageing and energy-inefficient domestic properties" in Britain - The Guardian

The new BAA chief executive, Colin Matthews, has moved swiftly to tighten his grip on Heathrow airport's management. Three weeks after taking on the top job at the airports operator, Matthews said he was restructuring BAA's top management to focus on improving the performance at Heathrow - The Guardian

The government underestimated the true cost of hosting the 2012 Olympics, misleading parliament and the public, in order to win support for the games, according to the chair of an influential parliamentary committee. Edward Leigh, the chairman of the public accounts committee, said the original budget of £4bn was "entirely unrealistic" and ignored foreseeable costs such as policing, contingency provisions and tax obligations, while overestimating contributions from the private sector - The Guardian

The world is teetering on the edge of the worst recession for a generation, according to the chief of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation - Financial Times

BAA's near monopoly over airports is harming consumers, competition watchdogs will suggest today in a report that will leave the company struggling to avoid a break-up - Financial Times

Allegations of corruption linked to the arms maker BAE Systems triggered the resignation of a Tanzanian cabinet minister yesterday, the latest victim of an ever-widening battle against graft in the east African country - Financial Times

Engineering group Melrose is poised to deal its £500M takeover of industrial conglomerate FKI. Last night, FKI's board was due to recommend Melrose's offer after the turnaround company spent the last two weeks raising funds for a formal 84p-a-share offer – The Daily Telegraph

The Spanish-controlled company that owns Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted will not pay any corporation tax for several years, potentially leaving the Exchequer £1bn out of pocket. Accounts published this month for Airport Development and Investment (ADI) – the holding company for airports operator BAA, which presided over the shambolic opening of Terminal 5 – show that the company claimed a tax credit of £211m in 2007 – The Daily Telegraph

Motorists in Japan are to receive warnings from their car when they enter an area with high crime rates of vehicle crime. Honda's scheme will enable driver to avoid dangerous spots identified by police through messages on their satellite navigation system – The Daily Telegraph

Ministers have been accused of indulging in "wishful thinking" when they drew up the budget for the 2012 Olympics. The claims were made yesterday by a powerful committee of MP's who disclosed that taxpayers may be left having to pay even more that the revised budget of £9.3billion – The Daily Telegraph

Passengers could benefit from lower air fares, with a Competition Commission report expected to reccommend today that the airport operator BAA should be broken up. The report is expected to signal the commission's intention to force BAA to sell HEathrow, Gatwick oe Stansted after growing pressure from airlines for an end to the Spanish-owned company's monopoly on London's major airports - The Daily Telegraph

A householder has been left with a £225 bill and a criminal conviction after overfilling his bin. Gareth Wilson-Corkhill, of white haven, Cumbria, was initially given a written warning by officers from Copeland borough council, But when he re-offended six months later, they fined him £110 - The Daily Telegraph

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