From technical mystification to ideology and politics

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUG 1, 2014

Half a century of high population and housing growth in Cornwall has signally failed to bring the benefits its proponents loudly claim. Yet this is still the only future they offer us. This is not just a technical issue, or bad luck or a lack of imagination. In Going West: Housing, migration and population growth in Cornwall I explain how neo-liberal ideology, short-term macro-economic policies and the need for developers and other vested interests to make a profit drives the ongoing colonisation of Cornwall. A planning department seemingly hopelessly co-opted into the developers’ discourse and elected representatives incapable of challenging these trends is an ominous omen for the future of Cornish communities.

Mid and west Cornwall is already more built over than most of England

Mid and west Cornwall is already more built over than most of England

Going West: Housing, migration and population growth in Cornwall will be available here sometime tomorrow. It will be in the public domain under a Creative Commons licence. I waive copyright and anyone is free to use any of the data and text in any way they want. Readers will also be welcome to feedback comments – data that are difficult to understand, arguments that need more explanation, other aspects that need expanding on. The context of the Council/Government suburbanisation project for Cornwall is constantly undergoing change. Documents get out of date very quickly. So this is not intended to be a final statement but can evolve with a degree of ‘crowdsourcing’.

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