News Trespass laws are being examined to allow fracking under people's homes without prior consent

Ministers are reportedly reviewing laws that would allow fracking to be carried out underneath houses without the permission of the owners.

Construction growth slows despite housing boost

Britain's construction sector suffered a relapse during November, new data suggested yesterday, after posting a surprise gain in October.

Mary Dejevsky: Guilty – of being an urban nimby

The Planning minister, Greg Clark, used some colourful language to attack the National Trust and the Campaign to Protect Rural England for, as he claimed, always objecting to development. "Nihilistic selfishness" was one turn of phrase, while he said he couldn't remember any change in planning policy that the CPRE had not opposed. He was defending moves to simplify the planning laws, which many fear will weight decisions in favour of developers. Clark insists the changes will speed projects local people want and need.

Leading article: Still deeper

The shadow of fracking continues to loom over Lancashire. Cuadrilla Resources has suspended its search for shale gas in the rocks beneath Blackpool after a series of local earthquakes. But the company is now planning to drill in Southport.

City calls for shift in strategy as BP's profits fail to impress

Oil giant has failed to meet forecasts and share price fell as profits of $5.6bn missed expectations

Philip Hensher: It's not just the noise – it's the people

Neighbourly behaviour was once routine. These days, if people do something, they insist on their right to do it

Tom Lewis struggles to replicate first round form

Surprise amateur contender Tom Lewis showed he had the grit to go with his guile after refusing to allow his Open dream to fall apart with one bad round.

School boxing for girls proves a hit

Girls as young as seven are being tutored in boxing in what is believed to be the first all-female fight club of its kind in a British primary school.

Lend a helping hand on the other side of the world

When Alyson Hutton turned 40 and started asking what life was all about, she didn’t expect to find the answer in Nepal. This married mum of two, rocked by the sudden death of two friends, found herself questioning her priorities in life.

Rockhopper test results boost hopes for commercial oil in the Falklands

The oil explorer Rockhopper moved a step closer to demonstrating the commerciality of its Sea Lion oil find off the coast of the Falkland Islands after it said an appraisal well flowed at a strong rate.

Whole truth for teenagers: Patrick Ness's novels have attracted acclaim, awards - and censure

This year's winner of the Carnegie Medal talks to Nicolette Jones

Texas forces firms to open up on 'fracking'

For years, the industry in the US has refused to declare what toxic chemicals it uses during fracking, a policy that has bred public mistrust and accusations of pollution

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