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Delusional disorder? Cornwall’s housing growth summit

A collective mania firmly grips political and economic elites. Symptoms manifest themselves in the delusion that we live on an elastically extendable planet, with infinite resources available to plunder at will. The escalator of never-ending ‘growth’, infinite consumption and all-devouring … Continue reading

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New land use data puncture myth of ‘deep rural’ Cornwall

The next time you’re stuck in a traffic jam trying to get into a quaint olde Cornish town console yourself with the thought that only 5% of Cornwall’s land area is built on. Throw in another 2% for parks, gardens, … Continue reading

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Bring us your huddled masses: housing target rises yet again

So the Government has come up with yet another cunning plan to encourage more housebuilding. Communities Minister Sajid Javid is consulting on a new, simpler method of calculating housing targets to be applied across the board for housing targets to … Continue reading

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Cornwall Council elections to bring little change

So we’ve voted in the local elections. Or some of us. Most people didn’t bother. Others  voted along tribal party lines, not knowing or caring what their preferred party is actually saying about the future of Cornwall. And for the … Continue reading

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How did we get into this mess?: 11 Conclusions

So how did we get ourselves into this mess? Let’s sum up. During the ‘debate’ in the final meeting to rubber-stamp a housing target of 52,500 houses last November, a succession of councillors lectured campaigners on their ‘lack of understanding’ … Continue reading

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How did we get into this mess?: 10 The final insult as Council told to add more houses. Or else.

The Government’s Inspector arrived at Newquay to ‘examine’ the Council’s ‘Local’ Plan, which included a housing target of 47,500. Surrounded by a pack of planning agents all baying loudly for a higher target, he was never likely to reduce this … Continue reading

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How did we get into this mess?: 9 A Plan, a Plan, a nation for a Plan!

During 2014 there were no further attempts to push the housing target up and it remained at 47,500. By November 2014 the Local Plan was again back before the Cabinet. Cllr Hannaford (LD, Looe West) and Cllr Rowe (LD, St … Continue reading

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