Population projections – more houses – more population!

From Bernard Deacon on Facebook
Here’s something to cheer us all up. The most recent ONS population projections are suggesting the rate of population growth in Cornwall will rise from 6.6% in the last decade to 8.1% in the 2020s. At that rate of growth we’ll have a million by 2101. On the other hand ONS projections always exaggerate in-migration to Cornwall.

But here’s how the vicious circle works. Exaggerated projections produce excessive housing targets which lead to surplus houses which are then marketed to what is an effectively infinite demand to live the ‘Cornwall lifestyle’, thus creating the outcome the projections project. Job done.



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