Author Archives: bwdeacon

Fantasy and reality

Yesterday, I remarked in a tweet that it was getting ever more difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality these days. Fake news, doctored data, elusive surveys, selective citations, downright lies all jostle noisily with the facts for our attention. Moreover, … Continue reading

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More on those surveys that never were. Cornwall Council still insists world is flat

You have to give Cornwall Council’s planners full credit for being as slippery as a set of eels. First, they concede that they have no actual contemporary survey data to back up their regular claims that 80%+ of new housing … Continue reading

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The curious case of the Cornwall Council housing surveys that never were

Back in 2015 Phil Mason, Cornwall Council’s planning chief, announced at a meeting about housing that new housing projects attracted no in-migrants. Instead, all new houses were actually being built for current residents. It’s fair to say that this was … Continue reading

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A walk down memory lane. Although there’ll soon be 2,700 houses (at least) there.

Here’s a blog below that I posted back in December 2014, three months before what was possibly the most shambolic planning meeting in the history of Cornwall Council. It brings shivers down the spine to recall it, but that was … Continue reading

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Cornwall Council: protecting place-shaping from democracy

Unfortunately, there’s no happy ending to this series of blogs. Opposition to the increasingly desperate and out-of-touch hyper-growth strategy of our ruling elite is fragmented and weak. Organisation is absent. Although many people are vaguely concerned about the direction the … Continue reading

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The problems with Cornwall Council’s growth obsession

We’ve seen how Cornwall Council is obsessed by its drive for ‘growth’, which, despite all the flannel surrounding it, turns out to contain at its core the same old-fashioned housing and population growth. There are four fundamental problems with its … Continue reading

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Cornwall Council’s love affair with housing and population growth

Go beyond the vision in New Frontiers, the Council’s bid to central government for a second ‘devolution deal’. What do we find? As we have seen, it turns out that the document contains no new approach at all, just more … Continue reading

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