National Minority Status and the Local Plan

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, announced on Thursday that Cornish history, language and culture are now protected under the 1998 European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities bill.

The decision has put Cornish heritage in line with the legal recognition afforded to Scottish, Welsh and Irish cultures.

Speaking on a visit to Bodmin, Mr Alexander said: “Cornish people have a proud history and a distinct identity. I am delighted that we have been able to officially recognise this and afford the Cornish people the same status as other minorities in the UK.”

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Comment Can we now expect some practical impacts like for example a recognition that unsustainable population growth due to in-migration has a direct impact on the Cornish population as well as being inherently unsustainable in itself!


One comment on “National Minority Status and the Local Plan

  1. sjhenry says:

    Cornwall after its long journey to gain recognition has achieved a victory and has a large number of individuals to thank for their dogged determination and tenacity. The issue of how best to use its newly gained status, for Cornwall’s future prosperity. Addressing the builders paradise would be a very good place to start. Quality research from begs some question’s as to Why.Population growth

    Permanent Residents and Temporary Residents

    In the 2000s the number of occupied houses grew by 15,600. The number of unoccupied houses (2nd homes, holiday lets, empty properties) also grew – by 12,500. Therefore, almost half of the additional housing stock of the 2000s contains no permanent resident.

    The number of second homes and holiday lets in Cornwall grew from: 10,700 in 2001 to 22,800 by the end of 2012

    Flawed ONS Projections for Cornwall
    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) produced five projections in the 2000s for population growth. They all grossly over-estimated growth in Cornwall for 2001-11. The best forecast was 21% too high, the least accurate was 64% too high.

    The ONS also produced three household projections. These were also markedly inaccurate, exaggerating actual growth by between 56% and 113%.

    Why is Cornwall different?
    Population growth from 1961 to 2011
    Cornwall = 57% England = 21% Wales = 15% Scotland = 2%

    Number of houses built for every 1,000 growth of resident population 2001-11
    Cornwall = 770 England = 377 Wales = 517

    Percentage of land ‘developed’ that had previously been farmland 1997-2002
    Cornwall = 40% England = 29%

    Expansion of the area of urban land from 1991 to 2016
    Cornwall = Grown by 19.4% Average for English counties by 13.1%

    Met migration as a component of total population growth (2012)
    Cornwall = 98% Wales = 54% England = 39%

    Major planning applications for every 10,000 people (year ending March 2013)
    Cornwall = 4.5 South west England = 3.3 England = 2.1

    A briefing from Our Cornwall August 2013

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