Category Archives: discourses and ideologies

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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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?: 7 Preparing to submit, the winter of 2013/14

The revised Local Plan had gone out for consultation with a housing target of 42,250. It re-surfaced in late 2013 with one of 47,500. Planning officers now wanted to add another 5,000 houses, boosting the target to 47,500. The re-named … Continue reading

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The myth of ‘developed’ land: the false facts roll on

Cornwall Councillors should really stop taking the pills being peddled to them by their planning officers. This morning on Radio Cornwall there was Joyce Duffin, Liberal Democrat housing portfolio holder, claiming that ‘only about 5% of Cornwall is developed’. The … Continue reading

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Fake facts and fantasy: the perils of Pollardspeak

Readers of the West Briton must have choked on their cornflakes this week when they read its letters column. There was the leader of Cornwall Council, John Pollard, popping up to claim that the Council had been supporting the four … Continue reading

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What do we want? Reflections on housing, ‘growth’ and the Cornish crisis.

After launching the Charter for Cornwall campaign we were asked by one sceptic what exactly it was that we wanted. The question niggled. How do we sum up the big issue facing Cornwall in a sentence or two? We’re quite … Continue reading

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The Devonwall Connection 3: devonwall and Cornwall

On October 21st the Cornish were told, in no uncertain terms, and by a Cabinet Minister no less, to buck themselves up and stop thinking they were ‘distinct’. There was absolutely no prospect of Cornwall being recognised as a region. … Continue reading

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