Author Archives: bwdeacon

Are we building for local need? The data updated.

The ONS recently produced some new household projections. What are the implications for the number of houses we ‘need’ to build in Cornwall? Across England and Wales, the revised projections reduce estimates of future growth by up to 25%. In … Continue reading

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In-migration running at record level

Don’t be surprised if you’ve heard the sound of popping champagne bottles from the Cornwall Council leadership bunker in recent weeks. For it seems that at least one of their policies is working. At the end of June the Office … Continue reading

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Cornwall Council’s housing target and ‘local demand’

This blog uses the latest data to show how claims that Cornwall’s high housing target (equal to more than five Truros in just 20 years) is merely to meet ‘local demand’ are false instead the majority of the additional housing … Continue reading

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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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