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What the papers say - THE TIMES

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Housebuilders have attacked Tory proposals for developers to negotiate directly with residents living near proposed housing developments. The House Builders Federation said that far from speeding up the planning process, it would be 'rewarding nimbyism' and encourage public opposition to developments.

New noise maps drawn up by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have been released to highlight noise 'hot spots' in London. Due to be extended to the rest of the UK, DEFRA intends the maps to be used by local authorities and the Highways Agency to curb noise levels.

Authorities in Venice are to introduce measures to improve traffic on the city's waterways.

A 'morning curfew' is to be imposed in an attempt to reduce traffic chaos and an increasing number of accidents.

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