Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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EVENTS: FESTIVE FOODIE TREATS

COOK up a special Christmas with Heston Blumenthal's spiced poppingcandy chocolate tart with gold leaf (right), or Delia Smith's gorgeous champagne jellies (left) and sticky gingerbread pudding are sure to impress your guests. For expert tips on Christmas with a culinary twist visit homesand property.co.uk/ recipes.

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NEWS: BASEMENTS IN DEEP TROUBLE

THE backlash against huge basement extensions, beloved of everyone from the Prime Minister to footballer Frank Lampard, has begun.

Camden council one of the "big three" boroughs for the subterranean expansions, is about to restrict the size and depth of underground extensions, backed by angry residents in Hampstead and Belsize Park who are fed up with months of neighbours' noise, dust and vibration.

Fears have been raised that digging large basements could cause subsidence and affect the natural flow of the water table, increasing risk of flooding. Camden's new planning rules state extensions should be no bigger than the footprint of the house, and no more than three metres deep. Westminster is also reviewing its policy.

Prime Minister David Cameron added an extra floor beneath his North Kensington home. Since then everyone from hedge fund millionaire Chris Rokos to comedian Ricky Gervais -- who has an underground gym beneath his home in Hampstead -- have latched on to the trend.

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MONEY: DON'T BE A SUCKER AT THE SALES

THE lure of the sales is approaching.

Some shops, nervous of their Christmas takings, have already launched snap sales. If you buy wisely, they can be an excellent opportunity to save money. But retailers have become increasingly savvy at setting up honey traps for your cash. Our money expert, Lucy Tobin, offers tips on how to shop wisely this festive season. …

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