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Cornwall Council in the period 2009-13 went for a high growth strategy. They committed the council to increasing the housebuilding rate, working closely with developers in a strategy that involved boosting in-migration. The only thing new about this was its scale, ramping up the effective de-facto policy of the past half century. Since the 1960s this process has resulted in the Cornish environment, its communities and Cornishness itself paying a heavy price. And all to benefit a handful of wealthy landlords and a pack of ‘developers’ and large construction companies usually based well beyond Cornwall.

Cornwall’s planners were long ago captured by a colonialist discourse and the ‘developers’ lobby. They now see their role as facilitating and encouraging the ongoing destruction of Cornwall and its heritage through massive suburbanisation projects attached to virtually every Cornish town. Since 2013 the new council leadership has been unable to stop this and appears rudderless in the face of growing ‘developer’ pressures strongly backed by central government Conservative/Lib Dem planning policies and locally supported by a pro-‘development’ Labour Party.

This site is a gateway to some resources that might help campaigners resist the ‘developer’-led project, with an occasional blog thrown in when the mood takes me. Most of our elected representatives have thrown in the towel; it’s up to us to organise to replace developer-led greed with genuine community-led sustainability.

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  1. Very interesting!

    Here is a copy of my recent media release which you may be interested in?

    PLANNING IN CORNWALL TAKES GIANT LEAP BACKWARDS SAYS LOCAL COUNCILLOR!

    On Monday 3rd April, the Planning West Committee voted by 10 votes for, none against and 1 abstention to recommend to the Secretary of State that had the decision still been theirs they would have been minded to refuse the application for 165 houses at Consols.

    Local Ward Councillor, Andrew Mitchell said” This result is the one that I and the local community have been working for for over a year and has been made possible by the adoption of the Cornwall Local Plan and St. Ives Neighbourhood Plan; neither of which support these 7 fields as an area for development”.

    Andrew continued, “It is a shame that the views of the community and myself were ignored at the time of the original application. Many people in the area have had to face 18 months of heartache while something that should never have happened in the first trundled on. I requested that no decision be taken without an Environmental Impact Assessment in the first instance, but the Planning Department insisted that one was not required and subsequently proceeded with the application and the committee approved it. Thankfully it was delayed by the quick actions of RAIID contacting the Secretary of State to say this must be wrong and thankfully the Planning Inspectorate agreed!”

    “What happened it the mean time was that I believe 6 people wrote in to the Secretary of State expressing their concern and the application was called in with a Public Inquiry due to place on 11th July”, said Councillor Mitchell. “Now that we have the correct decision from the planning committee, I believe the inquiry should be called off and would ask that those same people now write again saying they would like the Public Inquiry to be pulled. I would like to thank those members of the public who have been involved in this and the few who were able to attend the meeting. We are nearly there and even if the inquiry does still go ahead the case for refusal is clearly made in the two plans now adopted!”

    “That said, a huge retrograde step in the planning process in Cornwall was I believe, taken by Cornwall Council the following day. Following on from a Planning Peer Review undertaken last year, a number of recommendations were put before full council on 4th April. These included a reduction in the numbers on the sub-planning committees of councillors from 15 to 11, which was thankfully not taken forward; a reduction in membership of the Strategic Planning Committee from 21 to 15 which was approved, a number of applications which currently have to go before committee will now be decided on delegated powers and if a local councillor is on a planning committee and there is an application in their area they will not be able to take part in the debate, not vote and only speak as a local member.”

    Councillor Mitchell said; ” I can not believe this has happened! The area of most conflict between Cornwall Council and the residents of Cornwall is planning. The current system is far from perfect but why you would attack the democratic element in the planning process and take the system even further from the people is beyond my comprehension! You have to question who the planning system is in place for; Cornwall Council to make cheaper, faster decisions or for the people to have a fair input to the process through their local councillor and have a say on how they would like to see their area and community develop? Under these new rules which come into force after May’s election, I would not have been able to represent the people of St. Ives like I did on the Consols application and personally see that as a giant leap backwards in the role of a councillor and the democratic process”

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  2. Graham B says:

    Please help with a petition to be sent to Cornwall Council. http://www.change.org Adam Paynter

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