A ‘need’ or would ‘like’ to live in Callington?

Pretty well every planning application refers to the ‘huge need for houses’ but what is the reality?

There is a difference between need and like. Some people may need housing others may express a like for housing.

For example, there are about 60 holiday lets in and around Callington.

In 2011, 141 or 5% of properties did not have a usual resident, probably second homes.

There may be a need for affordable housing which may well mean making existing housing more affordable rather than building more houses!

Bernard Deacon@bernarddeacon Journalists constantly repeat hoary old myth about ‘huge need for houses’. Says who? They need to ask why there’s a ‘huge need’ when the per capita rate of house building in Cornwall is the highest in the UK.

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Huge need for houses – whose need, and what sort of houses?

Pretty well every planning application refers to the ‘huge need for houses’ but what is the reality?

There is a difference between need and like. Some people may need housing others may express a like for housing.

For example, there are about 60 holiday lets in and around Callington.

In 2011, 141 or 5% of properties did not have a usual resident, probably second homes.

Bernard Deacon@bernarddeacon Journalists constantly repeat hoary old myth about ‘huge need for houses’. Says who? They need to ask why there’s a ‘huge need’ when the per capita rate of house building in Cornwall is the highest in the UK.

Much needed housing in Ashton – really?

There are over 200 holiday lets in and around Breage, its rather hard therefore to see the justification for more house building!

Bernard Deacon@bernarddeacon Why are these houses ‘much-needed’? In this parish from 15-25% of houses had no permanent resident in the last census. That proportion is probably higher now.

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Mark Carney highlights need for action on climate breakdown!

Action needed and the sooner the better. Whether the emphasis should be on increasing the pace of global growth is rather debatable though!

Companies and industries that are not moving towards zero-carbon emissions will be punished by investors and go bankrupt, the governor of the Bank of England has warned. Mark Carney also told the Guardian it was possible that the global transition needed to tackle the climate crisis could result in an abrupt financial collapse. He said the longer action to reverse emissions was delayed, the more the risk of collapse would grow. Carney has led efforts to address the dangers global heating poses to the financial sector, from increasing extreme weather disasters to a potential fall in asset values such as fossil fuel company valuations as government regulations bite. The Guardian revealed last week that just 20 fossil fuel companies have produced coal, oil and gas linked to more than a third of all emissions in the modern era.

Far from damaging the global economy, climate action bolsters economic growth, according to Carney. “There is a need for [action] to achieve net zero emissions, but actually it comes at a time when there is a need for a big increase in investment globally to accelerate the pace of global growth, to help get global interest rates up, to get us out of this low-growth, low-interest-rate trap we are in.” Failing to act would have severe consequences, he said. “I don’t normally quote bankers, but James Gorman, who is the CEO of Morgan Stanley, said the other day: ‘If we don’t have a planet, we’re not going to have a very good financial system.’ Ultimately, that is true.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/13/firms-ignoring-climate-crisis-bankrupt-mark-carney-bank-england-governor

More unaffordable houses planned for Bodmin!

Surely all the new houses should be affordable? If not who are the unaffordable ones designed to house?

Bernard Deacon@bernarddeacon Another 100 houses at Bodmin. Funny how they’re always ‘homes’ not houses these days, even if nobody lives in them.

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A 100-home development is poised to receive planning approval after receiving a positive recommendation from council officers. The proposal is the second reserved matters application for the former St Lawrence Hospital site in Bodmin. The outline application covers 175 homes as well as 38,750 sq ft of space for industrial use at the Beacon Technology Park, with a 75-home development currently nearing completion. A report prepared for Cornwall Council’s East Sub-area Planning Committee reads: “The reserved matters application accords with the parameters set out in the outline permission subject to the completion of a deed of variation to reduce the level of affordable housing to 30 per cent in accordance with the target level for Bodmin set out the Cornwall Local Plan.

https://www.insidermedia.com/news/south-west/100-home-development-poised-for-approval

More holiday lets for Newquay?

Obviously a need for ‘much-needed homes’ when there are over 1,900 houses used as holiday lets available in Newquay right now!

There are enough holiday lets and second homes in Newquay to satisfy demand for housing, even though most of the demand has nothing at all to do with meeting local residents housing needs.

Bernard Deacon@bernarddeacon Another 200 houses at Newquay. Odd how ‘much-needed homes’ are still much-needed even in Newquay, which has one of the highest building rates pro rata in the country. Surely can’t be that the housing market is unfit for purpose.

Plans to build hundreds of homes near a Cornwall town’s new extension have been revived. A housing scheme of 450 homes at Trevemper Manor in Newquay, near the town’s new Goldings estate, was approved by Cornwall Council in 2014. Now, five years later, there is a new development as a pre-application for a planning performance agreement (PPA) for 200 homes has been submitted to the local authority. A PPA is a tool that the council and applicant use to agree timescales and resourses to handle applications. It was submitted by Evans Planning on behalf of Treveth Holdings LLP. It relates to a project of building 200 homes, 150 mixed tenure and 50 affordable homes. Cornwall Council will consider it by Tuesday, November 12.

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/plans-build-hundreds-homes-newquay-3388019