A rant or a reasoned argument? The view of a trained planner!


Following the disclosure on ‘It’s Our Cornwall’ that with the latest planning proposal, the target for the Wadebridge and Padstow area will be reached (odd that in that figures used in an earlier iteration of the Local Plan suggested the population would not increase!), there was an interesting contribution from an Ivan Tomlin.

All local Councils have to have a minimum housing target, it’s planning law to be set through the local plan as required by central government. The only reason people criticise this is because you don’t understand what you are talking about. More often than not, those that try and stop new housing are quite happy in your own homes but don’t want other people to obtain their own home for their family. Think carefully before you say foolish and selfish things.

Haha – the few negative, selfish NIMBY people indeed speak out again in their quest to stop new development, to stop new housing, to prevent young people from getting on the property ladder, to prevent communities, villages and towns from improving socially and economically. There are far too many people in Cornwall with nothing better to do with their time other than to moan, this is because they have nothing interesting or fun in their lives. Take a look at people living in towns and city’s who strive for and agree with change and social improvement, those working people do not have the time or need to try and prevent planning and new development, because they are to busy getting on with more important things in their lives. It is very interesting to note the average age of objecting NIMBYs in Cornwall.

Its a bit of a rant, something you might hear from someone in your local pub, with opinions yet knowing less about planning and housing issues. But Ivan Tomlin is a Director of Planning for Results Ltd which deals with Urban planning and landscape architectural activities.

We might expect a more reasoned response from someone with a planning background, some facts and figures, a balanced argument, but a rant?

What do we make of the comments?

it’s planning law to be set through the local plan as required by central government

Ok the ‘local plan’ process is set out by Government but the material used to support it was fundamentally flawed, the object was to not to arrive at a housing figure determined by actual need but one driven by an obsessiop with building houses.

The only reason people criticise this is because you don’t understand what you are talking about.

Oh dear! Actually opponents of current housing policy DO understand the issues about housing. They have looked at the evidence, the assumptions and proposals and concluded that extra housing is not to meet local need but to support population growth and second and leisure home ownership.

Those that try and stop new housing are quite happy in your own homes but don’t want other people to obtain their own home for their family.

Ah yes when you come accross people who disagree just question their motives. Objections to excesssive housing are not based on some weird idea that current home owners want to deprive young people of thier own homes, but on the recognition that building 52,000 plus homes in Cornwall WILL NOT actually provide homes for those who need them!

To prevent communities, villages and towns from improving socially and economically.

Right and have we seen any evidence that all the house building that has taken place has improved our villages and towns? We think not. Anyone looking at our villages and towns would notice a deterioartion in the enviroment, poorer housing quality and an economy languishing.

There are far too many people in Cornwall with nothing better to do with their time other than to moan, this is because they have nothing interesting or fun in their lives.

Unlike those with a vested interest in development who have nothing better to do than work towards the destruction of Cornwall and who seem to think it is fun to do so.

Take a look at people living in towns and city’s who strive for and agree with change and social improvement.

Well there is positive and there is negative change – please be aware of the difference. And what has unsustainable development got to do with social improvement?

Those working people do not have the time or need to try and prevent planning and new development, because they are to busy getting on with more important things in their lives.

A bit rude to think that ‘working people’ are somehow uninterested to think about what is happening around them. So dealing with inappropriate planning and development is not important? Really?

Mind you all those developers, planning consultants and their allies are only concerned with making the world a better place, or is it a case of making the world a better and more profitable place for them?

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3 comments on “A rant or a reasoned argument? The view of a trained planner!

  1. Peter Wyper says:

    Among the factors that Mr Tomlin ignores is the issue of democratic control of planning. Personally, I’m in favour of it and would very much like to see it implemented. Just for a start, how about the default decision for applications being the recommendation of town or parish councils? Our Cornwall Councillors needn’t be bound by them, but should be made to explain why they ignore the elected members most closely affected.

  2. will t says:

    Seems like he’s been practising his propaganda more than his planning skills. He knows what he’s talking about but since he can’t talk about the real reasons for mass development, he blames his opponents, trying to make them appear as if they don’t know what they’re talking about. But its backfired and he’s shown that its he that doesn’t understand what turns out to be his job. No wonder we’re in the mess we’re in, its a shame some sort of inquiry can’t be held into his comments to determine wether he’s fit to hold the position he holds. We’re still waiting for the promised price deflation we were told was the whole reason for building the properties years back when there wasn’t a housing shortage, maybe he can tell us when this will happen?

    • cosadone says:

      We would point out that Mr Tomlin does not work for Cornwall Council but for a private company. He can make any comments he wishes but from someone with planning qualifications we would expect a more factual critique

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