‘Objectively assessed need’ or subjectively assessed greed?

From Cornwall Developers Paradise


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 is told to base this calculation on the regular population and household projections produced by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG). There’s only one small drawback. The projections are seriously flawed and inaccurate.

Along with others I’ve been pointing out for some time now that these projections consistently over-estimate population and household growth in Cornwall. This matters because the housing target is then over-estimated in turn on the basis of the projections.


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