Spinning the vicious circles: more jobs and more migrants need more houses

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED JUL 30, 2014

In relation to our population, in Cornwall we have the highest rate of housebuilding in the UK. Yet the problem of affordability has reached new heights. In Going West: Housing, migration and population growth in Cornwall I explain how in practice building thousands more unaffordable houses and encouraging more and more new permanent and temporary residents does not solve the problem of affordability for Cornish residents. In fact, meeting market demand for unaffordable housing actually makes the problem of affordability worse.

house completions 2008-13

Going West: Housing, migration and population growth in Cornwall will be available here this coming weekend. It will be a 76 page (or so) pdf. If anyone bothers to read it, they are encouraged to feedback comments – data that are difficult to understand, arguments that need more explanation. The document is not intended to be a final statement but can evolve with a degree of ‘crowdsourcing’.

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