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lBrighton and Hove City Council believes Frank Gehry's tower proposals for the King Alfred waterfront site in Hove will inject up to £23 million a year into the local economy. Planners argue that this wealth will be from tourists attracted by the 'extraordinary' 438apartment scheme.

l Television presenter Griff Rhys Jones was behind the £20 million restoration of the Hackney Empire Theatre, which reopened last week.

On top of £11 million from the lottery, Jones gave £250,000 himself, raised £1.5 million from T-shirt sales and persuaded Alan Sugar to donate £1.3 million.

l RICS research shows that city-tocountry migration is forcing up rural land prices. Some 51 per cent of land sold in 2003 was to urbanites - at £7,931 per hectare - the main reason behind an increase in average rural land value of 7.3 per cent.

l A survey by Scotland on Sunday has found that homeowners north of the border consider the main bedroom in their house 'highly insignificant'. In fact, only 6 per cent consider it the most important room in their property.

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