Monthly Archives: January 2016

When is affordable not affordable?

Local builders Ferndale Developers Ltd were granted permission in 2012 to build three affordable homes at Pensilva in St Ive parish, east Cornwall. They duly appeared on the market in 2014, priced at £125,000 for a three bed semi-detached house, … Continue reading

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Cornwall Council receives threatening letter

How does developer-led planning work? First, lobby the Government to put in place a growth at all costs planning framework that makes it a ridiculously easy business to extol the benefits of any and all building. Second, work to ensure … Continue reading

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A property-renting democracy? Cornwall’s landlord MPs

During the Commons debate on the Government’s bill to make social housing history a Labour MP proposed an amendment. This wanted new rules to force landlords to ensure houses were fit for human habitation. It was voted down by 312 … Continue reading

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‘Objectively assessed need’ or subjectively assessed greed?

The Government, its planning inspectors and Cornwall Council’s planners make great play of meeting the so-called ‘full objectively assessed need’ (FOAN) in calculating how many houses should be built over the 20 year period of the Local Plan. Cornwall Council … Continue reading

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Developer slashes proportions of affordable homes

It’s been interesting to see what Wainhomes has been up over the last few months. Cornwall Council has received five planning applications from this company in three months, all seeking to revise the housing allocations in plans that have already … Continue reading

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Councillors told they must become ‘ambassadors for growth’.

Last year, Cornwall’s councillors became alarmed by the way the Government was ‘disciplining’ planning authorities that dare to refuse applications from the mega-developers. This is done through awarding huge costs against councils at appeals if they lose. So a peer … Continue reading

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Cornwall meets Tory targets. And exceeds them.

Last year, the Government dispatched its inspector to have a look at Cornwall’s Local Plan and ensure that its already excessive housing target was bumped up a bit more in order to meet the needs of developers. Cornwall Council, over-influenced … Continue reading

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