Jenrick: I shouldn’t have given developer my phone number

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has told MPs that he regrets giving Richard Desmond his phone number a couple of months before he unlawfully allowed the developer’s appeal against the non-determination of the Westferry Printworks scheme.

Business secretary grants permission for UK’s largest solar farm in Kent

Business secretary Alok Sharma has granted consent for the UK’s largest solar farm in Kent, the first such project to be determined under the streamlined planning regime for major infrastructure, after placing “substantial weight” on its contribution to renewable energy generation.