Category Archives: official statistics

How did we get into this mess?: 5 From Core Strategy to Local Plan, 2012-13

At the end of 2011, Cornwall Council’s leadership overruled the advice of its own Planning Policy Advisory Panel (PPAP) and opted for a housing target that exceeded the trend rate of building in Cornwall. But even this was not enough … Continue reading

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The letter the West Briton didn’t print

This week the West Brit printed two excellent letters exposing the fatuous claim by John Pollard that Cornwall Council’s policy already matches the four pledges of the Charter for Cornwall. Below is the letter the newspaper chose not to print. … Continue reading

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Corporate Local Plan adopted: dismal day at Lys Kernow

On Tuesday Cornwall Council’s leadership got what they’ve been wanting – an ‘overwhelming’ vote by councillors to adopt the Council’s Corporate (so-called Local) Plan. The green light has been now been given to the Plan’s target of a minimum of … Continue reading

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The cynicism of power. Or how to make money in Cornwall.

The cynicism of power is now blatant and direct. Those who arrogate the right to decide for us openly and shamelessly parade their interests for all to see. Take the ‘examination’ of Cornwall Council’s Local Plan, which charade resumes its … Continue reading

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Cornwall is not ‘the same as everywhere else’

There’s a tendency on social media to claim that development pressures in Cornwall are nothing unique or out of the ordinary. ‘It’s the same everywhere’ and ‘no different here’ are the refrains. Sometimes, this can meld into a more vituperative, … Continue reading

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‘Objectively assessed need’ or subjectively assessed greed?

The Government, its planning inspectors and Cornwall Council’s planners make great play of meeting the so-called ‘full objectively assessed need’ (FOAN) in calculating how many houses should be built over the 20 year period of the Local Plan. Cornwall Council … Continue reading

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Cornwall meets Tory targets. And exceeds them.

Last year, the Government dispatched its inspector to have a look at Cornwall’s Local Plan and ensure that its already excessive housing target was bumped up a bit more in order to meet the needs of developers. Cornwall Council, over-influenced … Continue reading

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