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.