Regeneration in the newspapers: 3rd August 2009

Reports of an overhaul of the Scottish planning system and an increase in the number of graduates taking unpaid internships feature in today's newspaper round-up.

According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, the planning application for the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station has been submitted informally to Wandsworth Council.

A major overhaul of the planning system in Scotland has come into force in a bid to modernise planning law and speed up the system, the BBC reports.

The Independent on Sunday features an article examining the rise of skills swapping. The recession has encouraged people to get involved in initiatives such as Local Exchange Trading Schemes, which enable local residents to trade services or skills in lieu of cash, the paper claims.

The Low Pay Commission is to investigate whether an increasing number of employers are exploiting graduates by taking them on as unpaid interns, reports the Guardian.

Retailers in Wales have been hard hit by the recession as new figures indicate that the number of empty stores is increasing by up to ten times a year, according to the Western Mail.



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