7: From bonkers targets to quite sensible ones. CPR gets its houses.

Another new entry at number 7 in Cornwall’s top ten growth spots for the period to 2030. Realising the Camborne-Redruth area, thankfully renamed by the social engineers as the much less old-fashioned CPIR or CPR, was woefully underperforming, Cornwall Council wants to see a minimum of 6,200 more houses built in the area by 2030.

This is a 23% growth in just 20 years, on its own adding one and a half Helstons to the built-up area of Camborne-Redruth. Or maybe not, as the majority of new houses seem to possess miniscule gardens if any, and rooms the size of which would make a hobbit feel uncomfortably claustrophobic.

The grand plan of Cornwall Council is to transfer the less well-off to inland areas like Camborne-Redruth, thus reinforcing their plans for a twin-track, two-tier Cornwall. This works by reserving the coast and those areas with protection designations for the better-off, second homes and Poldark filming. At the same time, they ensure that any surplus, untidy residents don’t clutter up the landscape by not building the houses they need.

Typical street scene in Camborne-Redruth

Typical street scene in Camborne-Redruth

Instead, the great unwashed wash up in places like Camborne-Redruth. There, they can be safely left to amuse themselves by scrapping and nicking stuff off each other, or relax by visiting iconic cultural centres of Cornishness such as Tesco Extra, B & Q and Subway.

Here’s what I wrote about Camborne-Redruth a year ago.

Nothing much has changed apart from the housing target being ramped up by another 13%. The current target of 6,200 is eerily similar to that of the days of the old Regional Spatial Strategy targets set by Labour’s Regional Development Agency. At that time, local MP George Eustice condemned them as ‘bonkers’. Presumably the same target has now become eminently sensible however. Apparently, it’s all designed to house the teeming workers of the booming local engineering and computer software sector. These are industries that strangely only appears to exist in a mysterious place known as Eustice-Land.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the growth at all costs axis is Labour councillor Jude Robinson who believes Camborne ‘needs to grow’ as ‘having a growing population creates demand that can sustain more businessse and they in turn create more employment’ … for the growing population that creates demand that … doh!

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